Delhi, Maharashtra Police On Alert After Statues Vandalised: Highlights

Another case of vandalism was reported in Kolkata today; BJP icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee's bust was found damaged. The police has detained six people in connection with the incident.

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Delhi, Maharashtra Police On Alert After Statues Vandalised: Highlights

Maharashtra police is on alert after multiple staues were damaged across the country. (Representational)

New Delhi: 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed "strong disapproval" to "toppling of statues," a day after two statues of Russian Communist icon Vladimir Lenin and a statue of Dravidian icon Periyar were vandalised. The Home Ministry has asked states to take measures to prevent such incidents. "Persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law," the Home Ministry said. Another case of vandalism was reported in Kolkata today where BJP icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee's bust was found damaged. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
 

Here are the highlights:




Mar 07, 2018
18:33 (IST)
"I and my party condemn the incident of causing damage to his statue. These are people with vested interest who are insulting leaders of rationalist movement in the name of religion. It is not right. People will not tolerate it," Mr Kharge said.
Mar 07, 2018
18:33 (IST)
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge condemns damage to statues. "In a democracy, there are people who believe in all kinds of ideologies. There is no tolerance in the BJP people and they are turning intolerant," he said.
Mar 07, 2018
17:24 (IST)
Social activist Anna Hazare expressed displeasure over damage to the statues across the country, says "nobody has the right to do such things".
Mar 07, 2018
16:24 (IST)
Security increased in Delhi after Lenin, Periyar statues vandalised

SHOs have been briefed to increase security in their areas. Police is making a list of sensitive and highly sensitive areas, and adequate number of personnel have been deployed around statues.
Mar 07, 2018
16:15 (IST)
Maharashtra police on alert after statues vandalised across the country. Police asked to take extra precaution, increase patrolling in all sensitive areas.
Mar 07, 2018
15:59 (IST)
The Ministry has also called for preventive action including patrolling and firm control over "anti-social elements".
Mar 07, 2018
15:58 (IST)
Directions have also been issued to ensure that the situation is closely monitored and take stringent action including arrest and prompt investigation and prosecution, against vandals.
Mar 07, 2018
15:53 (IST)
Home Ministry issues second advisory reiterating it's earlier directions on vandalism. It has also directed states to ensure that the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police are held personally responsible of violence held in their areas.
Mar 07, 2018
14:54 (IST)
The desecration of Periyar statue is a deplorable act. We have demanded in Parliament that strict action must be taken against all the guilty: Kanimozhi to NDTV
Mar 07, 2018
12:07 (IST)
7 People Arrested For Defacing SP Mookerjee's Statue In Kolkata

Mar 07, 2018
12:03 (IST)
BJP Leader Sidharth Nath Singh On Syama Prasad Mookerjee's Statue Being Blackened

Mar 07, 2018
11:55 (IST)
Statement By BJP Chief Amit Shah After Statues Vandalised In Tripura, Tamil Nadu And West Bengal






Mar 07, 2018
11:50 (IST)
Statement By West Bengal BJP General Secretary Sayantan Basu On Statues Being Vandalised

Mar 07, 2018
11:46 (IST)
DMK Protests Periyar Statue Being Vandalised Shortly After Post On BJP Leader's Facebook Page

Mar 07, 2018
11:42 (IST)
The Sequence Of Events In Tamil Nadu After Periyar Statue Was Vandalised

Today, H Raja "expressed regret" for his post and said: "Vandalising Periyar statues unacceptable. Facebook admin had posted that message without my permission. My intention was not to hurt anyone." Two men have been arrested for vandalizing the Periyar statue at a municipal corporation office in Vellore. "One man is a BJP member and another a CPI worker, both drunk," the police said.




Mar 07, 2018
11:23 (IST)
It Began With 2 Statues Of Lenin Being Demolished In Tripura

The cycle of vandalism began after two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were demolished in Tripura yesterday, allegedly by workers of the BJP, which ended the 25-year-long rule of the Left in the northeastern state on Saturday. As the Left targeted the BJP over the vandalism, a BJP leader in Tamil Nadu, H Raja, controversially suggested on Facebook that Periyar statues in his state could be next.


Mar 07, 2018
11:19 (IST)
After Lenin And Periyar Statues Vandalised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Intervenes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed strong condemnation and warned of "stern action" against those responsible. He also spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who has ordered all states to check such incidents. Statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Tripura, Tamil icon EVR Ramasamy or Periyar in Tamil Nadu and iconic BJP leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee were toppled, defaced, and blackened in acts of vandalism.


(Left to Right: Statue and busts of Vladimir Lenin, EVR Ramasamy or Periyar, and Syama Prasad Mookerjee)
Mar 07, 2018
10:58 (IST)
Home Ministry Steps In, Asks States To Take Stern Action

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered states to act sternly to check incidents of statues being toppled, defaced or vandalised.
Mar 07, 2018
10:50 (IST)
After the incident in Tamil Nadu, policemen are guarding a Periyar statue in Coimbatore. Social activist Periyar had started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam, one of the first Dravidian outfits in the country.


Mar 07, 2018
10:49 (IST)
The Aftermath Of Vandalising EVR Ramasamy Or Periyar Statues

Hours after the statue of EVR Ramasamy, better known as Periyar, was vandalised, a molotov cocktail, most likely a petrol bomb, was thrown at a BJP office in Coimbatore by three bikers. No one was hurt.




Mar 07, 2018
10:41 (IST)
From Tripura To Tamil Nadu - What Led To The Escalation Of Vandalism And Violence

Responding to the outrage over the Lenin statues being razed, BJP leader H Raja declared that Periyar statues in Tamil Nadu could be next. "Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India? What connection has India with Communists? Lenin's statue has been removed in Tripura. Today it is Lenin's statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EVR Ramasamy," said the post, which the BJP leader deleted and later disowned after a huge backlash in Tamil Nadu. Today, H Raja "expressed regret" for his post and said: "Vandalising Periyar statues unacceptable. Facebook admin had posted that message without my permission. My intention was not to hurt anyone." Two men have been arrested for vandalizing the Periyar statue at a municipal corporation office in Vellore. "One man is a BJP member and another a CPI worker, both drunk," the police said.


Mar 07, 2018
10:27 (IST)
How It All Started

The cycle of vandalism began after statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were demolished in Tripura yesterday, allegedly by workers of the BJP, which ended the 25-year-long rule of the Left in the northeastern state on Saturday.


Mar 07, 2018
10:25 (IST)
What Happened This Morning

This morning, a bust of BJP icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee was blackened and its features smashed with a hammer in Kolkata. Syama Prasad Mookerjee was the founder of the BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh.


Mar 07, 2018
10:24 (IST)
A statue of Tamil icon EVR Ramasamy or Periyar was vandalized in Tamil Nadu's Vellore last night, hours after a BJP leader suggested it in his Facebook post responding to anger over a statue of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin being pulled down in Tripura.
Mar 07, 2018
10:23 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Condemns "Toppling Of Statues"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed strong disapproval after the vandalism of statues in Tripura and Tamil Nadu. PM Modi, according to a government statement, spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh who has ordered states to act sternly to check such incidents.
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