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Mayawati's statue vandalised in Lucknow

Last updated on: July 26, 2012 16:00 IST
The statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samajwadi Parrty supremo Mayawati was vandalised by alleged Nav Nirman Sena activists in Gomti Nagar area in Lucknow. They also distributed visuals of the statue being broken.

The white marble statue installed in the Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal was damaged on Thursday afternoon. A big hammer was apparently used to vandalise the face and head of the statue, sources said.

Heavy police force has been deployed on the spot.

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has condemned the incident. He has instructed to reconstruct the statue immediately.

The guard posted at the park informed police that around four to six motorcycle-borne youths reached the park and started breaking the statue with a big hammer, a senior official said. He said that besides the head, the hand of Mayawati's statue was also damaged by the youths.

Senior officials, including Principal Secretary, home, RM Srivastava, Director General of Police Ambrish Chandra Sharma and the district magistrate, who have reached the spot, said serious

note has been taken of the incident and strict action would be taken against those involved in the act.

BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya also inspected the spot and demanded that the statues be immediately repaired and those involved in the act should be arrested.

A number of pamphlets of the Nav Nirman Sena were also found on the spot.

Earlier, in the day Sena office bearers had told the media that they wanted the state government to remove all the statues of
Mayawati installed in Lucknow and Noida within 72 hours "otherwise they would be doing the same". They also accused Mayawati of being involved in a number
of scams.