KOLKATA: In a recent incident of vandalism, a statue of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, was damaged in Katwa's Telephone Maidan in West Bengal. Police rushed to the spot immediately on receiving information that black ink was thrown on the sculpture. This wasn't the first case of vandalism. Earlier in the week, a statue of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee was found vandalised in Assam's Kokrajhar. A life-size statue of prominent 19th century poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt, was found defaced in Raniganj of West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman district.
The police and eye-witnesses said Dutt's face was smudged with red colour by unknown miscreants. The incident triggered condemnation in the political circles, and locals. Several incidents of statue vandalism have been reported from various parts of the country over the last few days. The statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was also damaged with its head destroyed completely. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's statue was defaced in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur. Earlier, two statues of Vladimir Lenin was demolished in Tripura. One was razed by a mob at Sabroom Motor Stand in Agartala, and another by a bulldozer at Belonia College Square in a Tripura town.