A grave in a section of Telekava Cemetery has been allegedly damaged by vandals.
Reports claimed a plastic container which appeared to have contained petrol was found near the grave.
Kaniva News was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the reports.
Locals took to social media to vent their anger at the perpetrators after a Facebook user posted photos of the damage on its Facebook page this afternoon.
“This shameful act of vandalism at Telekava will cause so much pain to the families affected, it is so heartbreaking,” a commenter wrote.
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Commenters on the post said the incident is shocking and branded the person or persons who did the vandalism as cruel and disrespectful.
It appeared that Tongan police had been involved in an investigation of the incident but they could not be reached for comment.
The grave is not far from where the former Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva was buried.
Pōhiva’s daughter ‘Ana Fifita Koli said she had been concerned about his father’s grave when she saw the post.
It is understood she was inquiring about the incident.
It is also understood Pōhiva’s grave was safe.
As we reported previously, several graves in the Tongan local and international communities had been subjected to vandalism as a result of some people believing the spirits of the dead were harming members of their family.
Critics believed this type of false belief was still held by uneducated and ignorant people and they need to stop.