A statue of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was on Wednesday found vandalised in Kokrajhar town of Assam. The incident took place on Wednesday in Kokrajhar’s Rabindra Nagar area.
Mukherjee’s bust in Kokrajhar was reportedly inaugurated in 2002 by BJP leader and former Bihar Minister Kailashpati Mishra.
This is the first such case in Assam after a statue of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin was toppled in Tripura town two days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Left Front out of rule on March 3.
Meanwhile the Kokrajhar police officials rushed to the spot as soon as the locals informed the police and the matter is under investigation.
Several incidents of statue vandalism have been reported from various parts of the country over the last few days.
Earlier in the day, the statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was damaged with its head destroyed completely.
On Friday, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue was defaced in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur. The white statue was smeared with red colour.
Earlier, two statues of Vladimir Lenin was demolished in Tripura – one razed by mob at Sabroom Motor Stand in Agartala and another by a bulldozer at Belonia College Square in a Tripura town.
Miscreants also targeted Lord Hanuman’s statue in Kharuav village in Uttar Pradesh’s Balia. A poster was stuck on the idol.