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

After Lenin, Periyar, Ambedkar, Mookerjee, now Gandhi's statue vandalized in Kerela

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was damaged at taluk office in Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala.

Vandalising statues started on Monday when the statue of Lenin was bulldozed in Tripura after the BJP swept the assembly elections.

While the reports of Gandhi's statue being vandalised were surfacing, it was found that another statue of Dr BR Ambedkar was defaced by unknown miscreants in the north part of Chennai.

In the incident involving Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Kannur, media reports said the police have arrested one man.

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The incident is reported to have happened at about 7 am. The police have launched an investigation into the case. Six members of a left-wing student organisation named "Radicals" have been detained by the police in the incident.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the incidents of vandalism of statues and said that stern action would be taken against those found guilty. "Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law", the MHA said. While several BJP members celebrated the bringing down of Lenin's statue, party National Secretary H Raja took to Facebook to warn that Dravidian and anti-caste revolutionary EV Ramasamy, who is popularly known as Periyar, would be next.

The statue, located inside the compound of the Taliparamnba Taluk Office, was vandalised at around 8:30 a.m., according to eyewitnesses.


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