Statues of Gandhi and BR Ambedkar vandalised in Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Mar 10, 2018, 01:53
The glasses and the garland of the statue were broken by an unidentified person.
An investigation has been launched into the incident. "Based on the information we have, he has been undergoing medical treatment and had left his home", a police officer in Taliparamba told DH.
Local people claim they saw the man targeting the statue and a passerby even took a picture with his mobile phone but the man has not yet been identified as the photo is from a distance and does not show his face. In Chennai, a bust of Ambedkar, placed inside a structure covered with a grill in a residential neighbourhood in Tiruvotriyur, was splattered with paint. Taking the cognizance of the matter, the Chennai police rushed to the spot at around 9 AM. The police are now on the lookout for the miscreants.
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Thursday's incident is the latest in the series of tit-for-tat attacks on statues of political figures in many parts of the country. The incidents began after statues of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura following the BJP's victory in the Assembly elections. Six people were arrested in connection with the vandalism.
On Wednesday, a statue of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in West Bengal and one of Dr BR Ambedkar in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh were also vandalised. Earlier, a statue of Lenin was damaged in Tripura followed by Periyar's statues in Tamil Nadu. Six members of a left-wing student organisation named "Radicals" have been detained by the police in the incident. In another incident, a bust of Mahatma Gandhi was defaced in Kerala's Kannur district by a mentally-challenged man.
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