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Vandalism at a temple in Riverside has civil rights leaders urging officials to launch criminal investigation

Published On: Jul 31 2013 09:22:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 09:50:18 AM CDT
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

A civil rights organization representing the Sikh religious community is urging local and federal law enforcement agencies this morning to launch hate crime investigations into an incident of vandalism in Riverside. 

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund says it happened late Monday night or early Tuesday morning at the Sikh temple at 7940 Mission Boulevard. 

Someone used red paint to scrawl ``terrorist'' and ``terrist'' on a wall on the temple grounds. 

Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (951) 776-1099.