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Statue Vandalism Continues, Now Mahatma Gandhi Statue In Kerala's Kannur Damaged

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| March 8 , 2018 , 11:17 IST

Despite stern warnings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh against vandalism of statues, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Kerala's Kannur was damaged by miscreants on Thursday.

The perpetrators, who are yet to be identified, broke of the spectacles of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Thaliperambu area of the city.

The series of vandalised statues began with a bull dozer razing to the ground a statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Tripura on Tuesday, followed by damage of a statue of Dravidian social activists Periyar in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the face on a bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee was blackened in Kolkata and a statue of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar was damaged in UP's Meerut.

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The Home Ministry issued two advisories on Wednesday, in the first advisory directed to states and union territories, the ministry said that incidents of toppling and damaging of statues much be checked immediately and action should be taken to prevent such incidents.

In the second advisory, the ministry again warned against statue vandalism, holding district magistrates and superintendents of police "personally responsible" for such incidents.

The first instance of the statue vandalism, namely the razing to the ground of the Lenin statue in Tripura, took place only 2 days after the BJP secured a historic win in the state, removing from power the Left.