Tamluk: A rash of statue vandalism has broken out across the country after Lenin statues were toppled in Tripura, following the Left Front’s defeat there.
Swami Vivekanda’s statue was smeared with black ink. Few people tried to break it too in Tamluk, West Bengal. The incident happened on Wednesday night. The statue was located to Kaluyanchowk Gourimohan Institute. After huge protest by the locals, local Police has rushed to the spot and re- painted the statue with the interference of the Block Development Officer.
In the recent incident of statue defacing and vandalism, black ink was smeared on Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s name engraved on a nameplate at Presidency University campus in Kolkata earlier.
Also, a life-size statue of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, a prominent poet during the 19th century Bengal renaissance, was found defaced in Raniganj of West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district. According to police and eye-witnesses, Dutt’s face was smudged with red colour by unknown miscreants. The incident triggered condemnation in the political circles as also among the locals.
Last Year on 26th October, at Sadar Kotwali, Nai Bazar Road in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, a statue of Swami Vivekananda was found damaged with the head of the statue lying on the ground beside the statue.