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

After Lenin, Periyar statue vandalisation, miscreants raze Dalit icon BR Ambedkar's statue in Meerut

After Lenin, Periyar statue vandalisation, miscreants raze Dalit icon BR Ambedkar's statue in Meerut

The war of ideological icons peaked on Wednesday, with reports of statues being defiled filtered in from various parts of the country. Same incident occurred in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and a statue of social reformer and founder of Dravidian movement E V Ramasamy Periyar was allegedly vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district. After being assured by the authorities, the Dalit community called off their protests.

The matter came to light when the people saw the damaged statue on Wednesday morning, sources said. The vandalising of statues has triggered a protest in entire nation and people are furious with the action. Police has arrested one person in connection with the incident. After the statues of Vladimir Lenin were dozed down in Tripura, statues of other iconic figures were reportedly vandalised in Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

Several AIADMK MLAs including Thamimun Ansari, Karunas and U Thaniyarasu have issued a joint statement demanding H Raja's arrest under the National Security Act, while MDMK chief Vaiko questioned why BJP top leadership did not take action against Raja.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah said, "I have spoken to the party units in both Tamil Nadu and Tripura. An additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any confrontation", Srivastava said.

Amid series of vandalism attacks on statues of prominent figures across the nation, a statue of Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar was vandalised in Haridwar on Friday.

Villagers claimed that this was the second time that Ambedkar's statue was vandalised.

Modi spoke to Union home minister Rajnath Singh and expressed his strong disapproval of the incidents, a government spokesperson said as members of an ultra-Left student outfit vandalised and defaced a statue of BJP ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee in Kolkata.

"Fencing will be done around the statue to stop recurrence of such incidents", he added.

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