Published: Sun, March 11, 2018

Deal strictly with those vandalising statues, Rajnath tells parties

Deal strictly with those vandalising statues, Rajnath tells parties

Almost 48 hours after a statue of Lenin was razed to the ground in Tripura, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence and condemned the escalating violence across the state. "Today it is Lenin's statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic E.V. Ramasamy".

Yesterday, Singh called up Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A K Shukla and asked them to ensure peace and check violence till a new government is installed in the state.

The news came to light when the residents of Bhagwanpur Bahugara village found the nose of Modi statue to be broken.

Later on Tuesday night, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy popularly known as Periyar was vandalised, as a result of which the glasses and nose of the statue were damaged.

The Opposition has accused Roy and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav of justifying the vandalisation of Lenin's statue. Later he deleted the tweet. Describing them as "drunk", the police identified one of them as a BJP activist and the other as an activist of the Communist Party of India. In a Tweet he said: BJP condemns statue desecration. BJP President Amit Shah has said the party will take strict action against party members who are involved in such incidents of vandalism. The incident took place at around 8 am near Keoratolla crematorium.

The bust was defaced with black ink and damaged with a hammer. A poster was also placed signed "RADICAL", an ultra-Left student outfit.

Apart from Modi, a host of Central ministers and leaders and Chief Ministers of several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states would attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Council of Ministers.

Addressing partymen at a protest held in Kariyapatti, Tiruchuli MLA Thangam Thennarasu said that Periyar, Communist leader Lenin and B. R. Ambedkar were not just statues for the people of the country. The prime minister has strongly condemned the reported incidents of vandalism in certain parts of country and said stern action will be taken against those found guilty, the statement said.

The government release further added that taking "serious note of incidents of vandalism", the home ministry has asked state governments to take "all necessary measures", to prevent such incidents. The hooliganism started to take political advantage and BJP offices were also attacked. He stated that there is no need to deploy police for protection of Periyar Statue.

"They mean strong ideologies for the people", he said.

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