Two arrested for damaging Netaji's statue, remanded to police custody

The two were charged with promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony under section 1539(a) of the IPC.

Published: 16th August 2017 11:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2017 08:51 PM   |  A+A-

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose statue which was to be unveiled at the Panchra village in Birbhum district, smeared with ink. (Photo: ANI)

By PTI

SURI (WB): Two persons were arrested in connection with the damage to a bust of Netaji Subhas Chadra Bose at a village panchayat office in West Bengal's Birbhum district.

The two were arrested last night and produced in Dubrajpur court today which sent them to police custody for two days.

The two were charged with promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony under section 1539(a) of the IPC.

Police said the two, arrested for damaging Netaji's bust at the Panchra panchayat office and smearing with tar and damaged are residents of neighbouring Bhibharpur village.

District superintendent of police N Sudheerkumar said, "The bust was smeared with tar by some miscreants intentionally. It was an act of mischief. Two persons have been arrested. They were interrogated by our officers and will be again interrogated to find whether more people are involved and the motive behind this act."

The bust was to be unveiled on Tuesday morning as part of Independence Day celebration but was found smeared with coal-tar and its face partly damaged. A complaint was lodged with Khayrasole police station against unknown persons.

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