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India condemns the desecration of Gandhi’s statue in California | India News


NEW DELHI: India has strongly condemned the vandalism of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the city of Davis in California, USA.
The Indian Embassy in Washington DC has brought the matter to the US State Department for a full investigation into the incident and to take action against those responsible, according to a statement from the MEA.
The Indian Consulate General in San Francisco has addressed the matter separately with the City of Davis and local law enforcement authorities.
The Mayor of Davis deeply regretted the incident and reported that an investigation is underway.
Unknown evildoers smashed and ripped off a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Davis Central Park in northern California. The desecrated statue was found by a park employee in the early hours of the morning on January 27.
Indian Americans have expressed deep distress and shock over the incident.
The Gandhi statue, which was donated by the Indian government to the city of Davis, was installed by the city council four years ago amid protests from anti-Gandhi and anti-India organizations.
The Organization for Minorities in India (OFMI), which led these protests, had opposed the installation of the statue.
The vandalism was praised on Twitter by a pro-Khalistan group in California, who shared photos of the destroyed statue.
This is not the first time a statue of Gandhi has been desecrated. In December 2020, Khalistani supporters had desecrated a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington, DC in front of the Indian embassy.
(With PTI inputs)

Times of India