The 10ft-high bronze statue was unveiled on four November – per week earlier than the centenary of the Armistice – however lower than week later had been sprayed with the phrases “Sepoys no extra”.
The memorial was commissioned by Sikh temple Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick to mark the sacrifices made by South Asian servicemen of all faiths.
The time period “sepoy” refers to Indian troopers serving within the British or different European armies.
The phrases “of the Nice Struggle” from the statue’s title had been sprayed with a black line, whereas the phrases “1 jarnoil” had been graffitied on to the memorial.
There was hypothesis on social media that the phrase might discuss with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale – a controversial determine in Indian historical past thought of by some to be a terrorist who needed to create a Sikh state.
He was killed in 1984 in a gun battle with the Indian military after his organisation occupied the well-known Golden Temple advanced within the metropolis of Amritsar.
West Midlands Police mentioned they’re treating the incident as aggravated prison harm.
The pressure mentioned CCTV is being recovered and officers are working with worshippers and administration on the temple.
Sergeant Invoice Gill, from the Smethwick Neighbourhood Workforce, mentioned: “We perceive that this assault has induced loads of concern locally, and we’re working to know the explanations behind it and establish whoever is accountable.
“Officers had already deliberate to be on the remembrance occasion which is occurring tomorrow on the statue. I might urge anybody with considerations to talk to the officers attending the occasion.”
Anybody with any info is urged to contact West Midlands Police or name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.