NEW DELHI:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi today “strongly disapproved” incidents of vandalism of statues in certain parts of the country . He has  spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the matter.

The Home Ministry said it has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism and has directed state governments to take strong action.

In an advisory to all states and union territories, the Home Ministry said incidents of toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country and it has taken serious note of such incidents of vandalism.

The ministry said the state governments were told that persons indulging in such acts must be strernly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.

“Honorable Prime Minister has also spoken to the Home Minister in this regard,” the advisory said.

The advisory did not specificaly mention Tripura but sporadic violence and clashes have been reported between rival political groups in the state after election results were declared on Saturday.

A statue of Lenin was brought down at Belonia town in South Tripura on Monday with the help of a bulldozer after the BJP’s victory in the Assembly elections in Tripura where a 25-year-long communist government was ousted.

A statue of social reformer and founder of Dravidian movement E V Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ was also allegedly vandalised in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district last night.

Yesterday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh  called up Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A K Shukla and asked them to ensure peace and check violence till a new government is installed in the state.

(AGENCIES)

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