Chennai: The list of statues of leaders being vandalised in various parts of the country, a bust of Dalit leader BR Ambedkar was defaced by unknown people late on Wednesday in north Chennai in Tamil Nadu, police said, the bust placed inside a structure covered with a grill in a residential neighbourhood in Tiruvotriyur, was splattered with red paint on Thursday morning.
According to investigation of Police, Ambedkar’s bust was found splashed with by shopkeepers, who reached Gramam Street to open their shops. After the news of defacement spread, people in the north Chennai area staged a protest. A police team led by (DCP) visited the spot and assured action against the culprits.
DCP said, “Based on a complaint from the local people, we have registered an FIR and two special teams have been formed to trace the culprits. More police pickets have been posted in the area for maintenance of law and order.
The incidents began after statues of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura following the BJP’s victory in the Assembly elections, ending 25 years of Communist rule.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the vandalism and said stern action would be taken against those found guilty.