Gandhi statue damaged in Kannur, police detain mentally unstable man

Statue vandalism Row A statue of Mahatma Gandhi damaged in Thaliparamba

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was defaced by an unidentified person in Thaliparamba near Kannur on Thursday morning.

The police said Chirammala Valappil Dineshan, 42, of Pariyaram Iringal was arrested for breaking the spectacles of the statue and destroying the garland placed on the statue. Ram Dinesh Tiwari, SHO, Nagra, said that the statue was damaged and a poster was also found pasted on it.

The police have registered a case and an investigation is on.

In wake of the recent attacks on statues of prominent personalities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh condemned these incidents and have urged states to take stern action against those accountable.

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Some locals on the spot were reported as saying that they saw a man hurling a stone at the statue before fleeing the spot and reports said someone had also taken his photograph. It all started when the statue of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Left front government out of power in the state. The police are now on the lookout for the miscreants.

Following this, a statue of Dravidian ideologue "Periyar" EV Ramasamy was damaged in Tirupattur in Tamil Nadu.

The statue, located inside the compound of the Taliparamnba Taluk Office, was vandalised at around 8:30 a.m., according to eyewitnesses.

The police confirmed that there was no political motive behind the incident in Taliparamba.

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