Unidentified miscreants at Inamkulathur village in Trichy district desecrated the statue of Dravidian icon and reformist leader E V Ramasamy “Periyar” in the early hours on Sunday 27th September. The bust sized statue installed on a pedestal was found smeared with saffron paint and a garland of footwear on it. This led to the sparking of protests by local people blocking the Trichy-Dindigul National Highway demanding action against the culprits. Locals who gathered there communicated the matter to the police and helped them remove the garland and clean the statue on their arrival. A case has been registered under IPC sections 153, and 504 based on a complaint lodged by the DMK union secretary Manikandam Karuppaiah. Superintendent of Police, T. Jeyachandran, who personally supervised the situation in the village, went on to say that three special teams are working on further investigation.
“When will they realise that they will be isolated by the people if they repeat the same mistake time and again?” queried DMK president MK Stalin while condemning the Incident without naming any political outfits
On the other hand, DMK MP Kanimozhi lashed out at the BJP in a tweet over yet another Periyar statue vandalism. “Saffron paint has been poured over Periyar statue and it has been desecrated. On Periyar’s birthday, BJP state president L Murugan said that they have no hesitation in acknowledging the efforts taken by Periyar with respect to social justice. Is this is the respect they wanted to show? Is Periyar the only response for the questions over NEET, NEP, and farmer’s agitation?”
O Panneerselvam, deputy chief minister of Tamil Nadu strongly condemned the vandalism and assured stringent legal action against those involved. Earlier this month, vandals used cow dung to desecrate another statue of Periyar in the neighbouring district of Ariyalur.