Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

After Lenin and Periyar, vandals target statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar

After Lenin and Periyar, vandals target statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah condemned incidents of vandalising statues, reports came of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi being defaced at Kannur in Kerala and paint being poured on Dr BR Ambedkar's bust in Chennai. As per reports, some unknown people damaged the statue of the father of the nation.

Reacting to the incidents of vandalism, Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) said, "Incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country". The spectacle of the statue was damaged. The investigating police have ruled out political involvement in the vandalism incident.

Some people claimed that they saw the accused hurling a stone at the statue before fleeing, an official said. Taking the cognizance of the matter, the Chennai police rushed to the spot at around 9 AM.

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On March 6, Just 48 hours after the 25 year long Left rule ended in Tripura, a statue of Lenin, that stood in the heart of Belonia town in Tripura, was brought down by celebrating BJP supporters amid chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. Reports suggest that the police are now on the lookout for the people who defaced the statue.

The statue, located in a compound that houses the Taliparamba Taluk Office, was found vandalised at about 8 am.

In past three days, a statue of iconic Dravidian leader Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu, while a statue of Jana Sangh leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee was targeted in West Bengal.

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