Rajiv Gandhi’s statue damaged, Congress declares protest

The Comgress announced statewide protest after a statue of late Rajiv Gandhi was found damaged.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published:June 5, 2017 1:48 am
Political leader Rajiv Gandhi. Express archive photo

A statue of the late Rajiv Gandhi in the Katra area of UP’s Mirzapur district was found damaged Sunday morning, prompting the Congress to announce a statewide protest on Monday. State party president Raj Babbar said the head of the statue was found in a nullah.

The culprits, he said, left a message below the damaged statue — “Humari sarkar hai, usey Pakistan bhej diya gaya (This is our government, he has been sent to Pakistan).” The incident took place a day after the Congress landed in a controversy when a map of India in a 15-page booklet distributed during state party in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad’s visit to Lucknow referred to a part of Kashmir as “Indian-Occupied Kashmir”.

Babbar said he would lead the protest in Mirzapur on Monday. An FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons in Katra police station on the basis of a complaint by city Congress president Abdul Wahid. It claims that the incident took place on the intervening night of May 3 and 4.

“Abdul Wahid has lodged a complaint against unidentified persons under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of IPC and Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act. We are probing the incident. No arrest has been made so far,” said Srikant Rai, SHO, Katra. Declaring that his party will “wield its strength to show everyone how it takes revenge”, Babbar said, “Congress party ke ek ek karyakarta ka khoon khaul gaya hai (The incident has made every Congress worker’s blood boil). It is not merely a coincidence that the incident took place within a few hours of the CM’s visit to Mirzapur. It is a conspiracy. There are forces which are creating a divide. The head of the statue of a former PM and Bharat Ratna recipient was not only removed, but also thrown into a nullah.”

He further said, “The way incidents are taking place in Poorvanchal, the way lawlessness is being spread by just putting a saffron cloth around the neck… this cannot be coincidence. Congress will fight these forces and put pressure on the government to arrest and take action against the culprits.” Asked about the map fiasco, he said, “All I can say is that both the Congress and I regard Kashmir as an integral part of India. Those behind this mistake are being dealt with strictly.”

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    Anil Kumar Tandale
    Jun 6, 2017 at 3:40 am
    The congress party is allergic to saffron. It should take initiative and set example by removing saffron portion of its flag first. None dare to apologize for describing J&K as "Indian Occupied Kashmir" in its own published pamphlet.
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      Rajendra B Patel
      Jun 5, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      Best thing that hasever happened in UP
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jun 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm
        BJP IS THE LOWEST OF THE LOW PARTY IN THE HISTORY OF INDIA. THIS PARTY HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE MAHA ATMA.
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          Mâññâyâdâv k%c3%bcshw%c3%a2h%c3%a2
          Jun 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm
          Good work..by upites stan ke Dalal ,have lost all rights to live in India..after these honey trapped cash trapped traitors showed kashmir as indian occupied Kashmir... Babbar is being disowned by his own son😸
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            sk
            Jun 5, 2017 at 9:58 am
            RG's contribution to India was ZERO or even negative if you consider the Shah Bano case. It is a shame that the UPA govt conferred Bharat Ratna on him.
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              Legal
              Jun 5, 2017 at 7:42 am
              Why do we still venerate & glorify criminals like Rajiv hi still? This scoun()drel Rajiv hi looted India through several scams. He allowed the American Anderson who ma()ssacred 15000 Indians in Bhopal to flee. Remove all the statues of this criminal throughout India
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                Henderson Gray
                Jun 5, 2017 at 7:03 am
                They are going to arrest unidentified persons ? what kind of reporting is this ? Congress can print about J&K no one complains - Raj Babbar why did he not say anything about the wrong map congress printed !! this is why congress will never win !
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                  S.Parmar
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 6:13 am
                  Please do not do such think for a person who was great men nothing has been proved against him
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                    Legal
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 7:45 am
                    What do you mean nothing has been proved against him? If you are the SECURITY INCHARGE of a Bank & every day money goes missing from that Bank, will they retain you. This guy Rajiv hi is one of the biggest looters of India. He allowed Anderson flee India. Rajiv hi is a criminal & anti national to the core.
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                      Tushar
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 8:26 am
                      Sleep baybeee u need more.sleep..... Extra load on ur trol duty had madenu brainless goon
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                        Tushar
                        Jun 5, 2017 at 8:27 am
                        Found Malliah watching match in England yesterday .... And karti chidambaram too ..don't lecture about fleeing now
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