PM Modi Condemns Vandalism After Desecration Of 3 Statues Across India

| March 7 , 2018 , 10:52 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the desecration of 3 statues across India, namely, the bull dozed razing of Lenin's statue in Tripura on Tuesday, the damage of Periyar's statue in Tamil Nadu and the blackening of Syama Prasad Mukherjee's bust in Kolkata.

The statement was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs after PM Modi met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

"Incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. MHA has taken serious notes of such incidents of vandalism. PM also spoke to HM in this regard & has expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents," said the MHA statement.

"MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with & booked under relevant provisions of law," it 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.

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Later on Tuesday night, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy popularly known as Periyar was vandalised, as a result of which the glasses and nose of the statue were damaged. Two men were arrested by the police, both drunk, one man a BJP member and another a CPI worker. The BJP worker identified as R Muthuraman was subsequently expelled from the party by BJP TamilNadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan for his role in damaging the Periyar statue.

On Wednesday morning, a bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Jadavpur University in Kolkata was vandalised with the face painted black, after which 6 people were detained.