Statues of various leaders in different parts of the country were vadalised on previous days . The violent incidents have occured in accordance with the BJP’s victory in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Tripura.
A statue of communist leader Lenin was destroyed at South Tripura’s Belonia town on Monday.
Image : Remains of statues of Lenin in Belonia
On Tuesday, a statue of DMK founder Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu, following a Facebook post by BJP leader H. Raja.
Image : Periyar’s Statue Damaged in Vellore Hours After BJP Leader’s Threatening
On wednesday morning a statue of Syama Prasad Mookerjee,founder of the BJP’s predecessor Jana Sangh was blackened and its features smashed with a hammer in Kolkata, allegedly by six Jadavpur University students who are part of an ultra-left group.
Image : Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s bust smashed by hammer at Kolkata
The Prime Minister has strongly disapproved incidents of vandalism reported from certain parts of the country. Incidents of toppling statues have been reported from certain parts of the country, government sources said.
Prime Minister Modi spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue following which the Home Ministry issued an advisory to the states asking them to prevent such incidents. The MHA has said that persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.
The atmosphere is fraught in Coimbatore and neighbouring areas following the stoning of Periyar’s statue. Police have been deployed at the locations of at least 27 Periyar statues across Chennai, and in other parts of the state.