Las Vegas Metro Investigation Reports No Criminal Activity at the Hindu Mandir. Case Closed.
In August of 2018, a crime report was filed with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department by the then Chairman of the Hindu Mandir, Nirmalya Chatterjee. The complaint was about the Mandir Digital Video Recorder was manipulated to audio record without the permission of the trustees or any attendees. Later on, Mr. Chatterjee discovered the DVR cover was loose and the hard drive(s) from the DVR were missing. The Mandir’s video technician later found that the hard drive(s) with any recorded memory was removed from the DVR machine.
At the advice of the then Mandir’s legal counsel, Mr. Chatterjee filed a break-in report with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. However, the Metro Police was never informed of the possible break-in until the potential crime scene was disturbed and the destroyed video machine was removed.
As per the Metro investigative report, the general audio recording in the temple is a civil or temple by-laws related issue and not criminal unless an individual victim comes forward claiming harassment or extortion, etc. due to something overheard or recorded during a private conversation. At that point that individual would have to file a crime report. Currently, no one knows of any such victim.
As per the Metro, with additional interviews conducted, no one as of today has come forward claiming to be a victim of recorded temple conversations against their will or in bad faith. There is no video or direct witnesses to the dismantling of the Mandir’s DVR. The case is closed as all the leads are exhausted.
Some members of the community who have spoken to this publication, strongly believe that there are low-level personal conflicts among the board members and they, the board members, should settle their personal animosity outside the Mandir. At the same time, the general consensus within the community is, it’s time to move on, recruit the new leadership, bring the community together and get ready to celebrate Mandir’s 18thAnniversary this month (April).
The last Board of Trustees meeting was held on Sunday, April 7th2019. The Board has elected Amrit Patel as the new Chairman of the Mandir. The formal communique will be issued by the Board shortly regarding their future course of direction on moving forward to continue with fulfilling the spiritual needs of the growing Hindu community.