In the wake of PM Modi’s condemnation of incidents of vandalism and desecration of statues in various parts of the country, the home ministry has issued back-to-back advisories to states and union territories.
The advisories have held district magistrates (DM) and superintendents of police (SP) ‘personally responsible’ for incidents of vandalism.
The ministry has directed them to make special arrangements and maintain constant vigil against rumour-mongering on social media leading to public disturbance.
Facing flack over incidents of statue vandalism and desecration in Tripura and Tamil Nadu, where political party workers are said to be the culprits, the MHA issued a second advisory in a span of few hours.
The first advisory came in soon after the Prime Minister had spoken to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
MHA’s first advisory directed all states and union territories to check incidents of statue vandalism and told them to take strict action.
In its second advisory, the ministry reiterated the earlier directions on damage of statues and advised preventive action, including patrolling and firm control over anti-social elements.
Concerned over the incidents, the home minister spoke with Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A K Shukla on phone and asked them to ensure peace and prevent repeat of such incidents.
Meanwhile BJP President Amit Shah called the incidents of desecration of statues ‘unfortunate’. In his tweet, he said that the party does not support bringing down of anybody’s statue.
In another tweet, he said,’I have spoken to the party units in Tamil Nadu and Tripura. Any person associated with the BJP found to be involved with destroying any statue will face severe action from the party.’