Gandhi statue desecrated in Kannur

Statues of Gandhi and BR Ambedkar vandalised in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Statues of Gandhi and BR Ambedkar vandalised in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Dravidian leader EV Ramasamy Periyar's statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was damaged by unknown persons in Thaliparamba area of Kannur.

The suspect pulled down the spectacles off the statue and fled the spot when people caught him in the act, said News18.

The Police is trying to identify the person from the photograph taken by some eyewitnesses using their mobile phones.

The incident occurred around 8.30 am. The man also slapped the face of the statue twice, said a witness. The investigating police have ruled out political involvement in the vandalism incident.

Police across India have tightened vigil around iconic statues. The Taliparamba Police detained a man in connection with the incident.

On Monday, March 5, a Lenin statue at the College Square in south Tripura's Belonia was knocked down by a mob.

Last year, Mahatma Gandhi's statue was damaged by miscreants at Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh on the day of voting for assembly elections.

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.

Modi's view had also been echoed by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah, as the issue rocked both houses of Parliament.

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