A bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was damaged at Jadavpur University in West Bengal on Wednesday.
As per reports, six students have been detained for blackening the face of the bust and trying to bring it down.
This incident comes after statues of Vladimir Lenin and rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as ‘Periyar’, were vandalised in Tripura and Vellore, respectively. Two persons have been arrested at Tirupattur in Vellore for allegedly vandalising the Periyar statue.
A senior district police official said the two vandalised a bust-size statue of Ramasasmy in an inebriated state.
Police identified the arrested as Muthuraman and Francis.
While Muthuraman is suspected to be a BJP worker, Francis is believed to be a CPI activist, police said.
The incident comes against the backdrop of a row over comments made by BJP leader H Raja indicating that statues of “Periyar” could be the next to be pulled down after a Lenin statue was razed in Tripura.
As the remarks in a facebook post against late Ramasamy, founder of the Dravidian movement, drew condemnation from several political parties in the state, Raja deleted it.
BJP’s state unit distanced itself from the issue, saying it was his personal view.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly disapproved the incidents of vandalism and spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue.
The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to the states and told them to take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents. The MHA has said that persons indulging in such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.