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Strict action for those vandalising statues: Rajnath

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar 

today warned of strict action against those found involved in vandalising statues while asserting that insult to statues of great personalities would not be tolerated.

Singh today unveiled the statue of revolutionary Udham Singh at the Jallianwala Bagh here.

"These days, I am seeing that there are incidents of vandalising of statues of great personalities. Indian culture does not permit this even if you do not agree with his (great personality) ideology. But permission to break anyone's statue cannot be given in this country.

"Intolerance and violence cannot be a part of our culture," Singh said while addressing a gathering at the Jallianwala Bagh here.

Singh said insults to statue of great personalities would never be tolerated and if any such incident came to light, strict action against those found guilty would be initiated.

Clear instructions had been issued to the authorities concerned in this regard throughout the country, he added.

During his address, the also talked about the sacrifices made by the likes of Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh in the country's freedom struggle.

said the central government had decided to observe the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Earlier, the paid obeisance at the here.

He was accompanied by the BJP leader and Vijay Sampla, and BJP Rajya Sabha MP

Later, Singh was honoured by with a set of religious books, shawls and a replica of

Longowal also spoke to the minister about the issue of the pending mercy petition of prisoner Balwant Singh Rajona, who was convicted in the assassination of former

The also demanded an immediate release of prisoners lodged in the different states for the past several years.

It further sought a special corridor from Dera to the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib located in

It also sought GST exemption for materials used in preparing 'Langar'.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 20:10 IST