Gandhi statue damaged in Kannur, police detain mentally unstable man

Gandhi statue damaged in Kannur, police detain mentally unstable man

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was reportedly vandalised in Taliparamba in Kannur district, early on Thursday.

The statue, located in a compound that houses the Taliparamba Taluk Office, was found vandalised at about 8 am.

The damage was spotted by visitors to the Taluk office. The Taliparamba Police detained a man in connection with the incident.

The spectacles on the statue were damaged and a garland was removed.

The police said the detained person was "mentally unwell".

Earlier, reports had quoted eyewitnesses as saying that a man had hurled stones at the statue and fled the scene.

"The detained person is mentally unstable. Based on the information we have, he has been undergoing medical treatment and had left his home," a police officer in Taliparamba told DH.

Initial reports had clubbed the incident with the desecration of a B R Ambedkar bust in Tiruvottiyur in Chennai on Thursday, placing it as part of a series of incidents of statue vandalism in Tripura and other parts of the country.

The police confirmed that there was no political motive behind the incident in Taliparamba.

The incident is reported to have happened at about 7 am. People who were present on the location photographed the man on their mobile phones.

The police said they carried out a search with the images and detained him by noon.

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