A statue of social reformer and Dravidian movement icon E.V. Ramasamy, popularly known as “Periyar”, was found damaged in a village, the latest in a series of similar incidents of vandalism. Unidentified persons cut off the head of the statue using a chisel. The district authorities swung into action on hearing about the incident, carried out repair works and restored the statue to its original state.
The statue unveiled by Dravidar Kazhagam leader K. Veeramani is maintained by the district unit of the party. A large contingent of police has been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.
The earlier incident assumed political significance as it came after senior BJP leader H. Raja indicated that statues of the rationalist leader could be the next to be pulled down after a statue of Communist icon Lenin was razed by suspected BJP workers in Tripura.
After coming under fire from political parties for his comments on Periyar, Raja had sought to blame his “Facebook administrator” for the gaffe and had expressed regret over the same. Ambedkar statue was also recently vandalised in Meerut.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also strongly condemned the incidents of vandalism of statues across the country and had said that stern action would be taken against those found guilty.