A far left political outfit named the Radicals, vandalized a statue of Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookherjee in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. The group has admitted that their action was in revenge to the demolition of Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Tripura, allegedly by BJP supporters.
This morning the activists of the far-left organization reached out to the statue of Shyama Prasad Mookherjee that is situated in a park at Kalighat area, near the Keoratala cremation ground. They first hammered the face of the statue and then smeared ink on it.
The leader of the group has been identified as Abhishek Mookherjee, who was previously found to be involved in various maoists activities. The far-left group used social networking website facebook to Live broadcast vandalization of the statue. All the people involved in the act have been detained by Kolkata police.
Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, West Bengal Minister, said, “One incident of vandalism cannot be replied with another similar incident, we condemn both. We have arrested six people and we will repair it (Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s bust in Kalighat) as well.”
On the same day BJP took out a huge rally on the streets of Kolkata to protest, growing crimes against women in the state. From the rally BJP state President, Dilip Ghosh fired verbal bullets at those who vandalized the statue. He claimed that the Anti-Nationals have impured the statue of Shyama Prasad Mookherjee by touching it. He further announced that BJP will carry out a purification ceremony of the statue on Thursday by washing off the ink using milk.
A trend of vandalizing and demolishing statues of political icons is on a high in India. It all started when some people who allegedly belonged to the BJP, demolished a statue of communist icon Vladimir Lenin in Tripura. Statues of Dravidian political icon Periyar and Dalit political icon BR Ambedkar were also vandalized in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh since last 24 hours.