- Syama Prasad Mookerjee's statue vandalised in Kolkata
- Kolkata police arrest 7 persons for vandalising statue
- BJP says it's a "barbaric act"; demands strong action
Syama Prasad Mookerjee was the founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, the predecessor of the ruling BJP.
The face was blackened and eyes and ears of the bust were damaged, apparently with a hammer, say the police.
Seven people, including a woman, have been arrested, the Kolkata Police tweeted.
The Bhartiya Janata Party has condemned blackening of SP Mookerjee's bust; "It's barbaric act of vandalising statue...We demand very strong action against culprits," said Sayantan Basu, General Secretary, Bengal BJP. The party has announced that it will take out at rally and observe "law violation day" in Kolkata.
6 male and one female ( age 22-29) who tried to deface the bust of dr shyama prasad mukherjee have been arrested from the spot by Kolkata Police and strong legal action initiated. No vandalism would be tolerated.— CP Kolkata (@CPKolkata) March 7, 2018
The Bengal unit of the BJP has announced that it will take out at rally and observe "law violation day" in Kolkata.
Toppling of statues has been going on after Lenin's statue was bulldozed in Belonia in Tripura on Tuesday, after the BJP swept the assembly elections in the Northeast.