But this didn't stop there, in few hours Lenin's second statue was vandalised in Tripura state and this spread like wild fire and other states got involved.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed strong disapproval of incidents of statues of iconic leaders being damaged and vandalised in some parts of the country, and warned that stern action would be taken against all those responsible. After being assured by the authorities, the Dalit community called off their protests.
"A case is ongoing in the SDM court in (Haridwar's) Laksar area where the Dalits have said that the land on which the statue was built belongs to the government, while one Gujjar villager has claimed that the land belonged to him", Station Officer, Bhagwan, of Haridwar's Khanpur police station said.
Haridwar (Uttarakhand), Mar 09 (ANI): The statue vandalism row does not seem to halt anytime soon as another Dr BR.
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However, even before the issue could settle in, controversy erupted in distant Tamil Nadu, where BJP leader H Raja said that Dravidian social reformer Periyar could be next target.
The incidents began after statues of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura following the BJP's victory in the assembly elections, ending 25 years of Communist rule.
Political parties including DMK, MDMK and the Left lashed out at Raja, a BJP National Secretary, with DMK Working President MK Stalin leading the charge seeking his detention under the "Goondas Act".
After Lenin's statue was removed in Tripura and Periyar's statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu, statues of B.R. Ambedkar were vandalised and damaged in parts of Uttar Pradesh.
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"Fencing will be done around the statue to stop recurrence of such incidents", he added.
A day later, a statue of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised by unidentified men in south Kolkata.
The officials later said that a new Ambedkar statue had been installed.
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