The Santa Fe Police Department is investigating the recent vandalism at downtown restaurant India Palace as a hate crime.
“This case has been classified as a hate crime, and the Santa Fe Police Department is aggressively pursuing those responsible for this disgusting display of hatred and intolerance,” a new release issued Tuesday afternoon stated.   
The FBI has also offered its assistance with the investigation into unlawful entry, criminal damage and vandalism; restaurant owner Bajit Singh made a report with the FBI  shortly after discovering the crime.
Additionally, Deputy Chief Paul Joye tells SFR police are considering possible connections between this incident and the vandalism that defaced the Plaza obelisk. The two crimes are believed to have been committed in the same time frame overnight on Sunday, June 21. According to Joye, police are collecting surveillance videos from the area, but they have not released any information about potential suspects or leads.
A swastika and racial slurs are among vandalism at the restaurant.
A swastika and racial slurs are among vandalism at the restaurant. | Cole Rehbein
Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber posted a statement on social media on Monday decrying the attack. “This hate crime is sickening and appalling,” he writes. “We need to stand up as a community and denounce this despicable act. We will find whoever did it and punish them to the full extent of the law.”

Webber was joined by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and US Rep. Ben Ray Luján, among many other citizens, decrying the act.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact Detective Ryan Romero at 955-5344.

By Monday night, Santa Feans had started at least five separate crowdfunding efforts to accept donations for the restaurant’s recovery, including a campaign by another local restaurant that raised more than $56,000. The owner of that restaurant, who asked not to be identified, told SFR she closed the GoFundMe account after it got more attention than expected. Another fundraiser, still open and titled “Santa Fe Supports India Palace,” has raised close to $25,000.

When SFR was last in touch with Singh family members on Tuesday, they had began reaching out to fund organizers to collect the donations, but did not yet have an official fund of their own set up.