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Gandhi, Ambedkar's statues defaced in Chennai/Kannur, one held

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The desecration of statues of leaders continued today with busts of and B R Ambedkar being found defaced in and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

A 42-year-old man, Dinesan, was arrested in connection with the defacing of statue in Kannur district of Kerala, police said.

Police said he was mentally unsound and later released on bail.

Gandhi's bust near the Thaliparamba taluk office was found defaced in the morning with its spectacle carving damaged and a garland on it seen lying nearby.

Meanwhile, at a residential locality in Chennai, a bust of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was found with smeared on its face and head.

The bust is placed inside a structure covered with a grill in a residential neighbourhood in Tiruvotriyur in North Chennai.

Police assured the agitated local people that action would be taken against the culprits.

"Based on a complaint from the local people, we have registered an FIR and two special teams have been formed to trace the culprits," G Shashank Sai said.

More police pickets have been posted in the area for maintenance of law and order, he said.

A series of incidents of desecration of statues of various leaders, including Ambedkar, rationalist E V Ramasamy "Periyar" and founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, have been reported from different parts of the country over the past few days.

The incidents began after a statue of Communist icon was pulled down in after the BJP's victory in the assembly elections, ending 25 years of Communist rule.

The incidents in were triggered after H Raja had in a comment indicated that would meet the fate as that of Lenin's statue.

However, facing flak from political parties in the state, he later deleted the post and blamed his social media administrator for the lapse.

He also expressed regret for the comment.

Meanwhile, superstar today described as 'barbaric' Raja's comment but said the issue need not be 'magnified' further as the expressed regret.

had yesterday strongly condemned the vandalism and warned of stern action against the guilty.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 20:15 IST
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