Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee's statue attacked in Kolkata

Jana Sangh founder statue damaged in Kolkata seven of ultra Left group held The damaged statue in Kolkata
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 20:08

"We are condemning the barbaric act of vandalizing the statue of the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh Bharat Keshri, Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, at Keoratola Mohasoshan and demanding very strong action against the culprits who were involved in it", General Secretary of West Bengal BJP, Sayantan Basu, told IBNS. "Lenin's statues were destroyed in Tripura, tomorrow, in Tamil Nadu, casteist Periyar's statues will be destroyed", he wrote.

The six claimed to be students of Jadavpur University and members of a far-Left group called Radical, The Indian Express reported.

The statue of Tamil icon EV Ramasamy or Periyar was damaged hours after a BJP leader suggested it in a controversial Facebook post responding to anger over Lenin statues being razed in Tripura.

The bust was defaced with black ink and deshaped with a hammer and the right side of the face damaged.

The place where the incident happened is under Ward 88 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the councillor in Mala Roy of TMC.

Area locals, seeing the act raised an alarm and shut the gates of the park before informing Tollygunge Police Station. The Home Ministry said it has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism and has directed state governments to take strong action. The MHA in its advisory issued said states have been asked to "take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents". Prime Minister Modi also spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who has ordered all states to check such incidents.

A day after a statue of Dravidian idol Periyar was also smashed up in Vellore district in Tamil Nadu and the Bharatiya Janata Party's office in Coimbatore was attacked by unknown troublemaker on Wednesday.

Wednesday's incident comes close on the heels of similar acts of vandalism targeting historical figures, from other parts of the country.