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Mahatma Gandhi Statue Vandalized in California, NRI Demand Action | India News


HYDERABAD: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was found vandalized in Central Park in Davis California. The Indian-American community has opposed the vandalism and has petitioned local authorities for a new statue to be erected at the same site. They have also urged that the culprits responsible for the event be registered.
The incident occurred days before the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on January 30.
“The statue in Davis Central Park of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the father of the nation, India and an icon of nonviolence and peace in the world, which inspired the movements for civil rights and freedom throughout the world, has been overthrown, disfigured and dethroned, ”said an online petition started by an American Indian.
The petition noted that the 6-foot-tall, 950-pound bronze statue appears to have been severed at the ankles and half of its face was severed and missing. City staff discovered vandalism to the Gandhi statue in Central Park the next morning, the petition explains.
It was noted that the Gandhi statue in Central Park stood for four years and three months before it was found torn down and broken on January 27.
Davis Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov said the desecrated statue was found by a park worker around 9 a.m. Police are investigating who caused the damage and also the reasons.
“As peace lovers in the oldest democracy in the world, we demand that President Joe Biden and California Governor Gavin Newsom restore the statue and investigate this heinous act and punish those responsible immediately. This is a shameful act and immediate intervention is appreciated, ”the petition says.
“This is a really bad and heinous act. A clear investigation must be conducted on this act. We strongly condemn this. We need to install the new statue at city expenses and officials must conduct a proper investigation to arrest the culprits, ”said Srinivas Manapragada, secretary general of the American Telugu Association of Telangana.

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