Lucknow, Sep 14 : A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, installed at Gandhi Inter College in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun district was found vandalised.
Assuring investigation into the incident, Additional SP Awadhesh Singh said, “The statue has been reinstalled. FIR will be registered and action will be taken. Investigation will be done.”
The matter was reported by the Principal of the Gandhi Inter College, Orai, Ravi Kumar, on Friday morning, Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar said.
The officer said a First Information Report has been registered against unidentified persons on a compliant from the college and work to repair the statue has started.
Congress party staged a protest after the incident. Congress district president Shyam Sundar claimed that the statue was unveiled by former prime minister Indira Gandhi and demanded installation of a new statue.
Sundar said according to Hindu dharma, a damaged statue is replaced and not repaired. “We will stage a dharna (sit-in) till a new statue is installed,” he said.
The Congress party will carry out a host of activities on Mahatma Gandhi’s jayanti which falls on October 2, including padyatras across states, floral tributes under the Mahatma’s statues and conduct seminars and lectures to discuss the relevance of his teachings.