New Delhi, March 8: The wind of intolerance and vandalisation is spreading like wild fire with each passing day and this time it has reached Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi's statue was vandalised by miscreants in Kerala's Kannur on Thursday. This happens despite stern warning by PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh against such acts of vandalism.
According to reports, the hooligans, who are yet to be identified, broke the spectacles on Gandhi's statue before getting away in Thaliperambu area of the city.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today "strongly disapproved" incidents of vandalism of statues in certain parts of the country and spoke 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.
Official sources here said that the prime minister has strongly disapproved incidents of vandalism reported from certain parts of the country.
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 MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents," it said.
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.