Delhi University: Bid to colour Vivekananda statue foiled

DU media coordinator Malay Neerav said he had no knowledge of the issue and suggested contacting Registrar Tarun Kumar Das, who did not respond to calls or texts.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: January 7, 2016 2:32 am

An unidentified group of persons allegedly climbed atop the Vivekananda statue in the middle of Delhi University’s Arts Faculty and started painting it saffron before the police stepped in Wednesday evening. The incident comes just two days before a seminar on Ram Janmabhoomi is to be organised at the Arts Faculty by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth, a research organisation founded by late VHP leader Ashok Singhal.

The incident comes just two days before a seminar on Ram Janmabhoomi is to be organised at the Arts Faculty by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth, a research organisation founded by late VHP leader Ashok Singhal.

“Our patrolling staff spotted some students painting the statue. They immediately apprehended those persons and informed the university faculty. The proctors and senior security staff of DU arrived and the students were handed over to them. Since no complaint was given by the university administration, no action has been taken against them,” said DCP (North) Madhur Verma.

According to eyewitnesses, at about 8.30 pm, five persons climbed on top of the black statue with the help of ladders, with paint cans and brushes in hand, and began painting the statue in saffron colour. “I was entering the Arts Faculty when I saw that around 50 people had gathered, and some people were on top of the statue and painting it in saffron colour. It was easily identifiable because it was in contrast to the black colour of the statue,” said Saqib, an eyewitness.

According to a security guard, the persons claimed they were wiping dust off the statue. “I went away. When I came back, I saw they were painting the statue. The police intervened and they were told to rub it off.”

DU media coordinator Malay Neerav said he had no knowledge of the issue and suggested contacting Registrar Tarun Kumar Das, who did not respond to calls or texts.

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