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Police detain a protester against the razing down of a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Tripura on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
Police detain a protester against the razing down of a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Tripura on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Vandalism puts Delhi police on alert, security tightened around key statues

The police beef up security around statues in Delhi as a precautionary measure in the face of vandalism and violence triggered by razing down statues of Lenin and Periyar

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has tightened security around key statues in the national capital as a precautionary measure in the wake of desecration of statues of communist icon Vladimir Lenin and Dravidian movement founder E. V. Ramasamy Periyar.

A senior police officer said the force had taken note of the incidents and SHOs of various police stations had been alerted to keep a vigil. He said no specific alert had been received about the possibility of such incidents here but the move was a precautionary measure.

The bust of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was damaged by activists of Left-leaning outfit ‘Radical’ in south Kolkata on Wednesday. The incident came close on the heels of the razing of statue of Lenin in Tripura and the desecration of a bust of Periyar in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore.

A statue of B. R. Ambedkar was damaged by unidentified people in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Tuesday, triggering protests by Dalits.

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