Periyar Statue Vandalised In Tamil Nadu's Vellore, Petrol Bomb Hurled At BJP Office In Coimbatore

| March 7 , 2018 , 09:39 IST

Hours after Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja on Tuesday night suggested that statues of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy popularly known as Periyar, would be pulled down after Lenin's statue was razed in Tripura, 2 men vandalised a Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu's Vellore.

On Wednesday morning, a day after the Periyar statue was vandalised, a petrol bomb was hurled at the BJP office in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore by unidentified miscreants.

The statue of Periyar located at a municipal corporation office in Tirupattur town of Vellore district was targeted by 2 men around 9 PM, as a result of which the glasses and the nose of the statue were damaged. Both the perpetrators were arrested by the police soon after.

"One man is a BJP member and another a CPI worker, both drunk," the police said.

A statue of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was razed to the ground by a bulldozer in Tripura on Tuesday, soon after the BJP secured a historic win in the state, ending the 25-year Left rule. The destruction of the Lenin statue was met with outrage.

BJP national secretary H Raja responded to the protests over the razing of the Lenin statue in a Facebook post that he soon deleted after facing a backlash.

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"Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India? What connection has India with Communists? Lenin's statue has been removed in Tripura. Today it is Lenin's statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EVR Ramasamy," Raja had posted.

On Wednesday in a statement to media, Raja claimed that the controversial Facebook post was not made by him, but by one of his admins, and when he came to know he himself deleted the post. 

"The post on my facebook page was done by one of the admins without my permission. As soon as I came to know about it, I deleted the post.We have to respond through statements and opinions not through violence. It is not correct to deface statue of Periyar," H Raja said.

Social Activist EVR Ramasamy, remembered as Periyar, started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam, one of the first Dravidian outfits in the country.