Statue of Michael Madhusudan Dutt defaced in West Bengal, face smudged with red colour
KOLKATA: Within the newest incident of statue defacing and vandalism, a life-size statue of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, a distinguished poet through the 19th century Bengal renaissance, was on Saturday discovered defaced in Raniganj of West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district.
In accordance with police and eye-witnesses, Dutt’s face was smudged with purple color by unknown miscreants. The incident triggered condemnation within the political circles as additionally among the many locals.
The act was initially found by morning walkers who then reported to the police.
The Asansol municipality staff then washed and cleaned the statue.
Dutt was one of many first Indians to jot down poems in English and transformed to Christianity in his younger age. A scholar – he knew quite a lot of languages, together with Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, Dutt was additionally a playwright.
A number of incidents of statue vandalism have been reported from varied elements of the nation over the previous few days.
Earlier within the day, the statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was broken with its head destroyed fully.
On Friday, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue was defaced in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur. The white statue was smeared with purple color.
Earlier, two statues of Vladimir Lenin was demolished in Tripura – one razed by mob at Sabroom Motor Stand in Agartala and one other by a bulldozer at Belonia Faculty Sq. in a Tripura city.
Following the vandalism of the idols of Communist icon, a statue of Dravidian ideologue ‘Periyar’ EV Ramasamy was broken in Tirupattur in Tamil Nadu. This was adopted by defacing statues of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Jadavpur College in West Bengal, Dr BR Ambedkar in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi in Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala was defaced.
Miscreants additionally focused Lord Hanuman’s statue in Kharuav village in Uttar Pradesh’s Balia. A poster was caught on the idol.
With spikes in incidents of statue vandalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned all such incidents and spoke to Dwelling Minister Rajnath Singh for strict motion in opposition to the responsible.
(With inputs from IANS)