Chennai, March 7: Hours after BJP leader invited flak by threatening the statues of Dravidian icon and social reformer EVR Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, two men on Tuesday night vandalised a Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district.
According to the reports, the statue of Periyar, located inside the Tirupattur corporation office, was targeted around 9 p.m. The glasses and nose of the statue were damaged.
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The incident came close on the heels of BJP leader H Raja’s Facebook post which was later deleted. He had said, ” Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India? What connection has India with Communists? Lenin’s statue has been removed in Tripura. Today it is Lenin’s statue in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of caste fanatic EVR Ramasamy”.
Leaders of various political parties including the DMK, DK, CPI and CPM demanded strong action against Raja.
In connection with this, Two people have been arrested. One of them was identified as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, the other person as a Communist Party of India (CPI) worker, news agency ANI.
In the meantime, a petrol bomb was also hurled at the BJP’s office in Coimbatore by unidentified miscreants after Periyar statue was vandalised here.
It was in Tripura that the first incident of a statue being razed surfaced.
Statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin was bulldozed after the BJP swept the Left front government out of power in the assembly elections.