Vandals target Mahatma Gandhi bust, deity's idol

Mahatma Gandhi bust in Kannur

Kannur: The desecration of statues in India continues as in Kannur, Kerala, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalized on Thursday, reported the NDTV.

According to Mathrubhoomi, the Mahatma Gandhi statue was damaged at taluk office in Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala. Acting swiftly in the matter, the police have arrested a 42-year-old man who is said to be mentally unstable. Ram Dinesh Tiwari, SHO, Nagra, said that the statue was damaged and a poster was also found pasted on it.

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Some people claimed that they saw the accused hurling a stone at the statue before fleeing, an official said. In Chennai, a bust of Ambedkar, placed inside a structure covered with a grill in a residential neighbourhood in Tiruvotriyur, was splattered with paint. According to reports, Chennai police took cognizance of the matter and rushed to the spot at around 9 am.

Two statues of Communist icon Lenin had been brought down in Tripura on Monday, two days after the BJP wrested the Left bastion.

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On Wednesday, a statue of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in West Bengal and one of Dr BR Ambedkar in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh were also vandalised.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong condemnation of incidents of vandalism of statues in different parts of the country seems to be no deterrent for the miscreants.

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Authorities have announced financial aid of 400 000 rupees ($6 148) to the family of each of the deceased. The chief minister expressed grief over the incident and prayed for the departed souls, it said.

The police confirmed that there was no political motive behind the incident in Taliparamba.

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