In the meanwhile, hours later, Tamil NaduBJP leader H Raja said that statues of Dravidian icon EV Ramasamy "Periyar" "will be brought down". The ministry said enough central and state forces were available at the disposal of the state government to tackle the situation.
Later this, another act was reported in Uttar Pradesh, where the statue of Dr. BR Ambedkar was vandalized by some unknown miscreants.
A unsafe series of events have show what could be the roots of more sinister things to come as various groups on the left and right have resorted to vandalizing statues and hooliganism across several states. The Statue Vandalism should be immediately stopped.
According to a senior home ministry official, Rajnath Singh spoke to Tripura governor Tathagata Roy after he appeared to justify the toppling of Lenin's statue in South Tripura district. "The MHA has asked the states that they must take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents", it said. "These incidents can never be justified", Singh told reporters outside Parliament. The BJP worker who was reportedly involved in stoning Periyar's statue has been expelled by the party.
The state of Tripura has been witnessing serious tension between party workers of BJP and CPM.
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"The recent issue on destroying of statues is extremely unfortunate". PM Modi has strongly disapproved of incidents of vandalism reported from Tripura and Tamil Nadu.
Rationalist Ramasamy or Periyar - as he is respectfully called in Tamil Nadu - is considered as a tall leader of the Dravidian movement.
Raja later deleted the post and expressed regrets in hurting sentiments through his Facebook post. While speaking to media, Raja said, "The post on my Facebook page was done by one of the administrators without my permission". Describing them as "drunk", the police identified one of them as a BJP activist and the other as an activist of the Communist Party of India.
Two miscreants crystallized the threat of H Raja and defaced a Periyar statue on Tuesday night outside a municipal corporation office in Vellore, causing a massive storm across the state of Tamil Nadu.