Unidentified miscreants on Friday disfigured a statue of ‘Bharat mata’ near the district court premises here. The vandals chopped off the left hand of the statue, which was holding the national flag. This is the second time in five years that the statue has been attacked. Police later draped the statue in a white cloth and cordoned off the area, leading to a traffic jam on M G Road.
An FIR has been registered against unknown persons under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (injuring or defiling a place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class).
“We have covered the Bharat mata statue with white cloth to prevent further tension. We request people to help maintain peace and abstain from spreading or listening to any kind of rumours,” said B S Tyagi, CO Hariparvat.
The incident drew protests from various political parties, right-wing activists and lawyers. The Congress and BSP came out to condemn the vandalism of the statue, urging the city administration to take strict action against the miscreants. Both parties said the incident seemed to be an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere in the lead-up to the 2017 Assembly polls.
Members of VHP and Bajrang Dal too staged demonstrations at Deewani crossing, demanding action from the police.