Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kerala vandalised

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The spectacle of the statue was damaged.

Kochi/Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong condemnation over incidents of vandalism of statues in various parts of the country seems to have no deterring effect on miscreants.

Kannur: Amid reports of vandalism of statues across the country, an unidentified man has defaced a Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Taluk Office here. The incident came to light on Thursday morning when some vendors came to Gramam Street to open their shops there.

Gandhi statue vandalised in Kannur
Mahatma Gandhi statue in Kerala vandalised

The man, who is yet to be identified, damaged the glasses and the garland that was on the Gandhi statue. The police conducted investigations on the basis of CCTV footage near the taluk office and arrested the culprit. Reports state that the supporters chanted "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" while the statue was pulled down. Police suspect it is a "one off incident".

"Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with & booked under relevant provisions of law, "Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said". It started with the demolition of a statue of Vladimir Lenin with the help of a bulldozer in Tripura after Left Front's debacle in the state Assembly elections.

On Tuesday night, a statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was vandalised and later replaced in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. Another statue of Lenin was vandalised despite directives from the Centre.

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