Gandhi, Ambedkar’s statues defaced in Chennai/Kannur; Hanuman’s statue desecrated in Ballia

NEW DELHI: A statue of Hanuman was desecrated in Uttar Pradesh’s Kharuav village, triggering tension in the area, police said.

The vandalisation of the Hanuman statue comes comes amid an ongoing spate of incidents targeting statues and busts of known figures across the country.

The desecration of statues of leaders continued on Thursday with busts of Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar being found defaced in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

Gandhi’s bust near the Thaliparamba taluk office was found defaced in the morning with its spectacle carving damaged and a garland on it seen lying nearby.

Meanwhile, at a residential locality in Chennai, a bust of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was found with paint smeared on its face and head.

The bust is placed inside a structure covered with a grill in a residential neighbourhood in Tiruvotriyur in North Chennai.

Agencies inputs