New Delhi, Mar 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly disapproved incidents of vandalism that have come to the fore in the past couple of days. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday said that those indulged in acts of vandalism must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law. PM Modi reportedly spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on incidents of statues being vandalised in Tripura as well as Tamil Nadu.
The Home Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, “Incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country. MHA has taken serious notes of such incidents of vandalism. PM also spoke to HM in this regard & has expressed his strong disapproval of such incidents.” (Another Lenin statue brought down in Tripura)
“MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with & booked under relevant provisions of law,” the statement added.
This comes after incidents of statues being brought down allegedly by BJP workers in Tripura and Tamil Nadu.
CPI-M has accused the BJP of attacking its offices in Tripura and bringing down the statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin after winning assembly polls in the state. “The destruction of the statue of Lenin is symbolic of the rabid anti-communist, anti-democratic fascistic character of the RSS,” the CPI-M said in a statement.
A statue of social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was also desecrated in Vellore on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, another such incident was reported from West Bengal where Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s statue was vandalized in Kolkata’s Kalighat.