Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial bust in SFU damaged in “deliberate act of vandalism”


Burnaby RCMP was contacted around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 after someone noticed the statue had been vandalized, with the head having been removed.

Burnaby RCMP investigators are in the early stages of the investigation, with officers canvassing for witnesses and video.

It is not yet known when the vandalism happened. It’s believed a power tool was likely used.

The incident comes just after a statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the City Hall in the town of Hamilton in Ontario was defaced and spray-painted on March 23.

“Burnaby RCMP is aware that Gandhi statues have been damaged in other areas of Canada in the past. Police are looking at all aspects of this incident, including the possible motivation,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP. “We are urging any witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward.”

Condemning the act Consulate General of India, said in a Tweet, “We strongly condemn heinous crime of vandalizing the statute of harbinger of peace Mahatma Gandhiji, @SFU Burnaby campus. The Canadian authorities are urged to investigate the matter urgently and bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly.”

Burnaby RCMP has also created a special phone information line in relation to the deliberate act of vandalism.

“We are appealing for assistance from the public as we believe there are people that have information that could help our investigators,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP. “Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated phone information line.”

People with information can contact investigators by calling the dedicated phone information line at 604-646-9511.