Tension in many parts of India as statues of political leaders are broken
In many parts of India, statues of political leaders are being broken, causing tension.
First it was the statue of Communist leader Lenin that was brought down in Tripura. This has now spread to other states like West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The police in Maharashtra is on high alert as a precaution.
In Kolkata, the statue of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was sprayed with black ink. Dr B R Ambedkar's statue was damaged in a village in Meerut district.
Lenin's statue was pulled down in Tripura within 48 hours of BJP winning the elections here. Soon after, there was an attack on a Periyar statue in Vellore in Tamil Nadu.
The central government has sent an advisory to state governments on Wednesday, asking them to take strong action against people caught carrying out such acts of vandalism.
Protests have broken out in Tamil Nadu against the attack on the Periyar statue. The Madras High Court has directed the state government to maintain law and order.