Mahatma Gandhi's statue damaged in Kerala, Ambedkar's bust defaced in TN

Casey Dawson
March 9, 2018

The vandalising of statues continues to grip the political landscape of the country as an idol of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalized by miscreants in Kerala's Kannur on Thursday.

The incident is reported to have happened at about 7 am. Reports said that the unidentified miscreant broke the spectacles, damaged the garland and hurled stones on the statue.

An investigation has been launched into the incident. The incident took place in Thaliparamba area of Kannur. Reports state that the supporters chanted "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" while the statue was pulled down.

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Amid an ongoing spate of incidents targeting statues and busts of known figures across the country, Ambedkar's statue was also vandalised but later replaced in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Police suspect it is a "one off incident". "Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law", the MHA said.

Reacting to vandalism with SP Mookerjee's statue, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the act and assured that the statue would be restored. It started with the pulling down of a statue of Vladimir Lenin with the help of a bulldozer in Tripura after Left Front's debacle in the state assembly polls, the results of which was declared on Saturday.

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