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Gandhi statue vandalism: India conveys concern to Lanka

Last Updated: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 16:54

Colombo: India has taken up with Sri Lanka
the issue of vandalism of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the
eastern town of Batticaloa and offered assistance in
rebuilding it.

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi along with those of Lord
Baden Powell and two Tamil scholars had been found damaged on
Thursday, prompting the Sri Lankan government to order an

Diplomatic sources said the Indian High Commission here
has protested and expressed concern over the act of vandalism
by an unknown group on Thursday.

India also offered assistance to rebuild the Gandhi
statue, they said.

Sri Lanka`s External Affairs Ministry has said that
police had been directed to carry out a probe to determine the
motive and to nab the culprits.

"The Inspector General of Police has been instructed to
carry out an immediate and thorough investigation into these
incidents to identify motives and culprits behind these acts
of vandalism," it said.

According to locals, the statue had been erected in 1960.


First Published: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 16:54
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