Rajiv Gandhi statue painted black by Akali leaders

Youth Akali Dal members blacken the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PTI

A statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was painted black by the activists of Youth Akali Dal in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 

The two were identified as Meetpal Dugri and Gurdeep Singh Gosha.
 
The duo said they are not guilty of their action and it was a mark of protest against the leader responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. “We don’t have fear despite the Congress government in power. We will continue to blacken the statues of Rajiv Gandhi,” they said. 
 
The two painted the statue's hands with the red colour. Congress leaders later cleaned the statue with their turban and milk.
 
A police complaint has been registered against the two. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh while condemning the incident asked Sukhbir Singh Badal to stop indulging in petty politics. He warned him that such acts would backfire on his party in the coming Lok Sabha elections. 
 
Capt also asked Sukhbir to immediately apologise for the obnoxious act of his party workers. “Indulgence in such petty and condemnable actions will not absolve you or your family of the many sins of omission and commission against the Guru Granth Sahib and the Sikh community,” he said.
 
 
 

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