Narendra Modi Statue Found Damaged in Uttar Pradesh

11 March, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Police officials clean the bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee after it was vandalised in Kolkata

According to government sources, the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism and asked the states to take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. The incident came hours after BJP leader H Raja suggested it in his Facebook post responding to anger over a statue of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin being pulled down in Tripura. The men, wearing saffron T-shirts used a bulldozer to raze the statue of Lenin, installed just months ago by the CPM govt in Tripura. The BJP worker who was reportedly involved in stoning Periyar's statue has been expelled by the party.

Terming these incidents "extremely unfortunate", Shah said he has spoken to the party units in Tamil Nadu and Tripura and warned that "any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action".

Later, in a fresh Facebook post, Raja expressed his heartfelt regret for his Tuesday post which he claimed was a message posted by his social media administrator without his permission and hence he had removed it. Raja expressed regret for the earlier post which sparked outrage.

In what was seen as a retaliatory action, a petrol bomb was thrown at a BJP office in Coimbatore. Two people have been arrested.

In Kolkata, members of ultra-Left student outfit "Radical" vandalised and defaced a statue of Jana Sangh founder and ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee at the Keoratola crematorium, police said. Miscreants used a hammer and a chisel to damage parts of bust.

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Statue Vandalism has become new political rivalries in India. Senior district officials rushed to the spot and security forces were deployed in large numbers.

Following this, many such incidents were reported in other parts of the country. "Honourable Prime Minister has also spoken to the Home Minister in this regard", the advisory said. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.

The Centre also told state governments to make district magistrates and police chiefs "personally" responsible for the law and order situation, investigate incidents of destruction of busts and act tough against the culprits.

The matter echoed in the Rajya Sabha too where Chairman Venkaiah Naidu called the incidents "madness". Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) have unleashed widespread violence across Tripura following the party's massive victory in assembly polls which ended the 25-year rule of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M).

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