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Gandhi’s statue vandalised in US, Indian embassy registers complaint

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Unknown miscreants have vandalised a statue of Mahatma Gandhi away from Indian embassy in the united states with spray and graffiti painting, prompting the mission officials to sign up a complaint using the local law enforcement agencies.

Gandhi’s statue vandalised in US

The incident is reported to have occurred around the intervening night of June 2 and 3 in Washington DC.

The Indian embassy has informed their state Department and registered a complaint with local law enforcement agencies, that are now conducting an investigation to the incident.

On Wednesday, a team of officials from Metropolitan Police in consultation with all the Diplomatic Security Service and National Park Police visited the web page and they are conducting inquiries.

Attempts are through to clean up the site in the earliest.

Vandalism from the statue of your apostle of peace comes through the week of nationwide protests from the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

A number of these protests have turned violent which often has contributed to harm to probably the most prestigious and sacred American monuments.

In Washington DC, protestors this week burnt a historic church and damaged a number of the prime properties and historic places much like the national monument and Lincoln Memorial.

One of the few statues of the foreign leader over a federal land in Washington DC, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was dedicated with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in the inclusion of the then US president Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000 throughout his state trip to the US.

According to the Indian Embassy website, the sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi is cast in bronze as a statue to a height of 8 feet 8 inches, in October 1998, the US Congress had authorised the government of India to establish and maintain a memorial “to honour Mahatma Gandhi on Federal land in the District of Columbia.”. It shows Gandhi in stride, as a leader and man of action evoking memories of his 1930 protest march against salt-tax, and also the many padyatras (long marches) he undertook through the length and breadth from the Indian sub-continent.

The statue, the design of which was developed by Gautam Pal, is actually a gift from your Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The pedestal for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi is really a block of new Imperial Red also called Ruby Red a block originally weighing 25 tonnes reduced to your size of 9’x7’x3’4”. It now weighs 16 tonnes.

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