Burnaby: A bronze statue installed on the campus of Simon Fraser University has been damaged. The Burnaby RCMP have launched an investigation into the incident. 

RCMP says it appears to be a deliberate act of vandalism.

Burnaby RCMP said officers were contacted around 8:30 pm on Monday after someone noticed the statue had been vandalized, with the head having been removed.

 Police said their 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 RCMP said in a statement.

 “Burnaby RCMP is aware that Mahatma 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 Corporal Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP. 

“We are urging any witnesses, or anyone with information, to come forward,” he added.

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