In the early hours of Friday, Dravidian ideologue and social activist Periyar EV Ramasamy’s statue situated in Sundarapuram in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district was dishonoured by unidentified persons. They had poured saffron paint over the statue and fled the spot.
Locals and members of the political party, Periyar Dravida Kazhagam had gathered near the statue and staged a protest, demanding the arrest of the person behind the act. Read in Tamil
Police officers in protective gear are stationed near the #Periyar statue in Sundarapuram area in Coimbatore after some unidentified men poured saffron paint over it. Police officials have intiated a probe into the incident. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/BFyjh4dehu
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Speaking to IndianExpress.com, Kuniamuthu Inspector Sakthivel said the incident took place at around 6 am. “As per the complaint we received, the incident took place at around 6 am. Police officers are stationed near the statue to avoid any untoward incident. The statue has been cleaned. We will take action against the miscreants,” he said.
Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi took to Twitter and said even after decades, Periyar is still the one who sets the narrative. “He is not just a statue, but the path to self respect and social justice, including fir those who smear him with colours,” she tweeted.
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