The statue within the metropolis of Davis in California, which was gifted by the Indian authorities in 2016, was vandalised by “unknown persons” on January 28, the exterior affairs ministry mentioned.

India on Saturday condemned the vandalising of Mahatma Gandhi statue in California by unidentified individuals, the second such incident within the US in little greater than a month, and sought a radical investigation into the matter.

The statue within the metropolis of Davis in California, which was gifted by the Indian authorities in 2016, was vandalised by “unknown persons” on January 28, the exterior affairs ministry mentioned.

The six-foot bronze statue was damaged and ripped from its base inside a park, outraging Indian-Americans throughout the US. “The government of India strongly condemns this malicious and despicable act against a universally respected icon of peace and justice,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

The Indian embassy in Washington took up the difficulty with the US state division and referred to as for a “thorough investigation into the incident and appropriate action against those responsible for this act”. India’s consulate in San Francisco in California state individually took up the matter with the town of Davis and native regulation enforcement authorities, who initiated an investigation. The mayor of Davis “deeply regretted the incident” and mentioned authorities had initiated a probe, the assertion mentioned.

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