Bust of Sangh icon vandalised in Calcutta

The blackened face of the bust. (Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya)

Calcutta: A fringe ultra-Left student group allegedly vandalised a bust of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee in the Keoratala crematorium here on Wednesday morning purportedly in revenge for demolition of a Lenin statue in Tripura.

A minister claimed that local Trinamul workers had caught the seven vandals around 8am and alerted police.

Sources said the seven belonged to an outfit called Radical, formed by students of the Jadavpur University a few years ago.

They said the activists, when caught, were shouting slogans against vandalism of the Lenin statue by alleged RSS activists in Tripura.

Senior officials in Lalbazar said the seven were identified as Debjit Bhattacharjee, 22, Deb Chakraborty, 28, Avishek Mukherjee, 35, Biswarup Pramanik, 27, Surajit Das, 28, Subrata Ghosh, 24, and Jubi Saha, 29.

Avishek Mukherjee had allegedly vandalised a Tata Motors car showroom in Calcutta in 2006 during the peak of the Singur movement, the police said.

The vandals chipped away parts of the bust and blackened it.

Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said: "The perpetrators are safe in police custody, but only for now. When they come out, nobody can say for sure what will happen to them."


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