A statue of Rabindranath Tagore was vandalised in West Bengali's Bidhannagar on Saturday. Trinamool Congress councillor Nirmal Dutta said three men vandalised the statue, the police have arrested one of them, while other two managed to escape. "We don't know why they did it," he said.
This came days after an Ambedkar statue in Uttar Pradesh’s Hastinapur was found damaged. The statue placed at Ambedkar Bhawan was allegedly vandalised by unidentified people.
The locals have alleged that every year before the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14th something or the other is done to disturb the peace and harmony in the vicinity. They also alleged that every year in Mawana area, statue of BR Ambedkar is vandalised by anti-social elements. It was also alleged by some locals present on the spot that such incidents are deliberately done to disturb the harmony ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.
West Bengal: Statue of Rabindranath Tagore vandalised in Bidhannagar. TMC Councillor, Nirmal Dutta says, "3 men vandalised the statue, we caught one of them while other 2 managed to escape. We don't know why they did it. The one who was caught has been handed over to the police." pic.twitter.com/BOuU96ocIy— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2019
The statue destruction began when a statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura days after the BJP registered a historic victory in the state Assembly elections.
A statue of social reformer Periyar was vandalised in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district and a bust of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was blackened in Kolkata’s Kalighat.