Note:- This story has been updated after confirmed news reports from Yelahanka traffic police
A granite slab erected as a plaque to honour 26/11 martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in Bengaluru’s Yelahanka New Town area was allegedly vandalised by unidentified miscreants on Sunday evening, prompting a massive outcry over the act of vandalism, with many demanding immediate restoration of the plaque and immediate arrest of the culprits. Pictures of the broken plaque did the rounds on social media, triggering people’s ire over the incident.
Reacting to the development, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara expressed shock over the incident. Parameshwara, who hold the Bengaluru Development portfolio and is also the district in-charge minister of the state capital, directed Bengaluru Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad to ensure that “this is set right immediately.”
In a tweet he said, “Am shocked to learn about the damage that has been caused to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s memorial in Yelahanka. I have asked @BBMPCOMM to ensure that this is set right immediately.” BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar also condemned the incident as a “shameful treatment of sacrifice” of the “Bengaluru braveheart” and urged the state government to restore the plaque meant to honour the 26/11 martyr and to “track down the criminals” responsible for the vandalism.
Am shocked to learn about the damage that has been caused to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's memorial in Yelahanka. I have asked @BBMPCOMM to ensure that this is set right immediately. https://t.co/VJRxTc0d10
— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) September 17, 2018
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@rajeev_mp) September 17, 2018
MAJOR SANDEEP UNNIKRISHNAN's name board granite slab erected on a brick structure at Yelahanka in Bangalore has been smashed. Major Unnikrishnan had attained martyrdom fighting terrorists at Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Is this how Bangalore treat her martyrs ? @nsitharaman @adgpi pic.twitter.com/2ZeB4Y2NAE
— Vikas Manhas (@manhasvikas41) September 17, 2018
Major Unnikrishnan made the ultimate sacrifice while battling terrorists in the 26/11 attacks at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. He played an important role in rescuing 14 hostages from the hotel. He was awarded the Ashok Chakra, which is the highest peacetime gallantry award in India, posthumously, for his exemplary leadership and sacrifice during the 2008 attacks.
Meanwhile, speaking to The News Minute, an official at the Yelahanka New Town Police Station said, “Our officers went to the spot last night. We observed the damage done to the structure but no case has been taken up yet because we have not received a complaint. We are looking into it and the BBMP has been notified to ensure that the memorial is put right.”
As per reports from Deccan Herald, The Yelahanka traffic police booked a case and seized the truck responsible for the damage. “After receiving the complaint, we found that a truck (KA-04-B-4138) had hit the structure unintentionally on Monday morning following a brake failure,” said a traffic police officer attached to the Yelahanka station.
“The owner of the truck has agreed to restore the structure. The work is already in progress,” he said.