Periyar A statue of social reformer and founder of Dravidian movement E.V. Ramasamy "Periyar" was allegedly vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district on Wednesday night, police said.
According to police sources here, some miscreants damaged a portion of the statue at Mawana Khurd village late on Tuesday night.
Vandalisation of statues of ideological leaders and icons were first reported from Tripura soon after state assembly elections were announced.
A series of incidents of desecration of statues of various leaders, including Ambedkar, rationalist E. V. Ramasamy "Periyar" and Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, have been reported from different parts of the country.
The incident sparked protests by members of the Dalit community.
The matter came to light when the people saw the damaged statue on Wednesday morning, sources said. The duo have been arrested, the police said, adding that while Muthuraman was suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist. The vandalism of statues of public figures started after Lenin's statue was razed in Agartala. It drew condemnation from several political parties in the state. What connection India has with Communists?
Uma Shankar Yadav, station house officer of Sarai Akil police station told HT that they were not aware of the damage caused to the statue. Adequate police personnel have been deployed in the area to check any other untoward incident.
A statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was vandalised in Haridwar district's Kanhawali village in the wee hours of Friday. "We condemn the act of vandalising the statue of Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee. demand very strong action against the culprits and also want to give. message that you can not take away the contribution of Mukherjee in building West Bengal, by this shameful act", Sayantan Basu, general secretary of West Bengal BJP said in a release.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the incidents of vandalism of statues and said that stern action would be taken against those found guilty.
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