A bust of Mahatma Gandhi was found defaced in Kannur district's Taliparamba town today, police said. The spectacle carving was damaged and a garland on the statue was lying nearby, an official said, giving details of the vandalisation, the latest in a series of similar incidents being reported from various parts of the country. The Gandhi statue was close to the Taliparamba Taluk office, the official said, adding that a probe was on to identify those behind the incident. A CCTV visual showed the suspected man behind the incident walking away from the site. Some locals on the spot were reported as saying that they saw a man hurling a stone at the statue before fleeing the spot. A complaint was received from Deputy Tahsildar C V Prakasan, based on which investigations are on, the official said. Yesterday, abust of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised in Kolkata.
The day before, a statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was damaged in Meerut. The incidents came close on the heels of Communist leader Lenin's statues being damaged in Tripura and Dravidan movement founder E V Ramasamy Periyar's bust being desecrated in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
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