Police arrest seven for ‘defacing’ Shivaji statue in Bengaluru

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Police on Sunday arrested seven individuals for allegedly defacing a statue of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji in Sadashivanagar space of Bengaluru.

The statue of Shivaji at Bashyam Circle in Sadashivanagar was defaced with black ink on December 16 by miscreants who had been reportedly upset with the demand of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) in search of Belagavi’s merger with Maharashtra.

Police have charged the accused with creating enmity between communities, amongst others. They had been arrested primarily based on a grievance lodged on Friday.

“At round 1.30am on December 16, the miscreants defaced the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Sadashivanagar with black ink, made a video and uploaded the identical on numerous social media platforms,” DCP Bengaluru Central Division M N Anucheth stated.

Miscreants had earlier focused the statue of Karnataka icon Sangolli Rayanna in Belagavi.

In the meantime, Karanatake Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condemned the acts of desecration and stated, “Shivaji Maharaj, Kitturu Rani Chennamma and Sangolli Rayanna fought for the liberty of the nation, they fought for the unification of the nation. Dividing the society of their identify must be condemned.”

Sending a powerful message to the miscreants, Bommai stated, “Our authorities won’t tolerate any act of violence. The vandals can be handled sternly. Until now, 27 individuals in Belagavi and three in Bengaluru have been arrested in reference to vandalism of Shivaji and Sangolli Rayanna’s statues.”

The chief minister appealed to residents to not pay heed to rumours. “No one ought to try to unfold false information and incite folks. I’ve immense respect for the patriots. Folks mustn’t get swayed by rumours,” he added.

Skirmishes between Kannada and Marathi language chauvinists in Belagavi area and elements of Karnataka and Maharashtra have been reported over the previous week. Karnataka Police and authorities automobiles had been additionally attacked by miscreants in Belagavi after Friday midnight, resulting in imposition of a curfew in Belagavi metropolis on Saturday.

Notably, whereas speaking concerning the alleged desecration of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Bengaluru earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a press release, had demanded the quick intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the challenge to cease “Kannada atrocities”.

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