Thanks to RCMP for collaring temple parking lot thieves


Normally, one would expect that a place of worship will be spared from inappropriate and anti-social activities. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case so far as our Highway to Heaven is concerned. During the past year or so, there have been a number of property and car break-ins and thefts from various places of worship along this stretch of No. 5 Road in Richmond. The latest target was India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Nanak Niwas.

The Gurdwara management has been very proactive in preventing such occurrences on its premises. Also, Richmond RCMP has been extremely helpful in this regard. Sgt. Cam Kowalski and his officers have been very prompt and helpful in order to deal with the any concerns from these places of worship. Unfortunately, these preventive measures weren’t enough to prevent car break-ins and thefts.

In order to put a stop to such activities, Richmond RCMP, in consultation with India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara Nanak Niwas launched an operation to crack down on car break-ins and property thefts. Finally, their persistence paid off.

As a result of RCMP’s very skillful approach, two males were arrested on Saturday, May 10. They were released on a promise to appear in court in Richmond next month. Hopefully, this development has sent a strong message to anyone planning to disrupt the lives of worshippers and peace loving citizens along this famous landmark of this community. India Cultural Centre of Canada and its Gurdwara Nanak Niwas management is very thankful to the Richmond RCMP for their timely action as well as its on-going support and assistance.

Balwant Sanghera


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