Police are investigating a link between an attack by vandals on a temple in Labasa and the judgment of the coup trial that was delivered on 6 August. Four Labasa-area businesses also received bomb threats just hours before the judgment was delivered.
Vandals broke into the temple on Sunday night and damaged statues worth about $2000. The incident took place at the Nagata Shiu Mandir in Labasa.
The Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha, Labasa branch, runs the temple. The Sabha’s president stated that the temple was ransacked and statues of Shiva and Hanuman were destroyed.
“It is mockery of the highest order that on one hand we preach unity, reconciliation and restorative justice while on the other hand people continue to damage and destroy places of worship,” said Mr Prasad.
Police spokesman Mesake Koroi said they were investigating. He called on people to respect places of worship because it was stipulated in the Constitution.
“This is the second time in four days that a temple was broken into,” Mr Koroi said. “The other incident was in Nadi and we are investigating that case as well.”
He said police considered such acts seriously and any offender caught would be dealt with seriously.