Statue politics: Vandals target statutes of Lenin, Periyar, Mookerjee and Ambedkar


The MHA in its earlier advisory had told all states and Union Territories that incidents of toppling and damaging of statues must be checked immediately and stern action should be taken to prevent such incidents.

Vandalisation of statues of ideological leaders and icons were first reported from Tripura soon after state assembly elections were announced. Iconic Dravidian leader EV Ramasamy Periyar's statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore on Tuesday, sparking massive anger and protests in the southern state.

Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Ankur Srivastava, who also rushed to the spot with Mishra, said the damaged 17-inch statue has been replaced and action would be taken against the vandals. The duo have been arrested, the police said, adding that while Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist. After the statues of Vladimir Lenin were dozed down in Tripura, statues of other iconic figures were reportedly vandalised in Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The case was reported after a series of such incidents in Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Political parties including DMK, MDMK and the Left lashed out at Raja, a BJP national secretary, with DMK working president M.K. Stalin leading the charge seeking his detention under the "Goondas Act".

Also, a bust of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised on Wednesday in south Kolkata by seven persons, including a woman, allegedly belonging to a left-wing group, police said. Restoration of the bust has been initiated, he said.

In two days five statutes of prominent leaders in country has been vandalised and now India's lawmaker Dr BR Ambedkar statue has been brought down in Meerut city, Uattar Pradesh. Reports suggest that the statue Ambedkar was vandalised on the night of March 6.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly disapproved" incidents of vandalism of statues in certain parts of the country and spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh on the growing concern.