Two held for vandalising Periyar statue in Vellore

By PTI Published on Mar 07, 2018 11:19 AM IST

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Vellore: Two persons have been arrested in Tirupattur in Vellore district for allegedly vandalising a statue of rationalist leader Periyar. A senior district police official said the two vandalised a bust-size statue of Ramasasmy while drunk.

The police identified the arrested as Muthuraman and Francis. While Muthuraman is suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist, the police said.

The incident comes in the backdrop of a row over comments made by BJP leader H Raja indicating that statues of Periyar could be the next to be pulled down after a Lenin statue was razed in Tripura.

As the remarks in a Facebook post against late Ramasamy, founder of the Dravidian movement, drew condemnation from several political parties in the State, Raja deleted it.

The BJP's State unit distanced itself from the issue, saying it was his personal view.