A statue of Jawaharlal Nehru was blackened in Katwa town of West Bengal’s Burdwan district, PTI reported on Saturday. The Katwa municipality has filed a complaint of vandalism against unidentified miscreants.
The Congress blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party workers of vandalising the statue. Chairman of the Trinamool Congress-run district municipality, Rabindranath Chatterjee, also named the workers of the saffron party for the act, the Hindustan Times reported.
Several Congresss supporters also held a demonstration outside the local police station and submitted a memorandum demanding a probe. “Whoever has committed it should be caught and punished,” Anil Sikaria, a West Bengal Pradesh Committee member, told Hindustan Times. “It is a matter of great shame.”
However, the BJP has denied allegations. “There might be political differences, but none from our party would do such thing,” BJP leader Krishna Ghosh said.
The defacement of statue of India’s first prime minister is the latest in a series of incidents where statues of communist leader Vladmir Lenin, social reformer Ramasamy Periyar, Mahatma Gandhi,Bhimrao Ambedkar and Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee were vandalised.