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Periyar statue found vandalised in Tamil Nadu’s Aranthangi; MK Stalin demands culprits be ‘crushed with iron fist’

Pudukottai: A life-size statue of rationalist leader and Dravidian movement founder EV Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was found vandalised at Aranthangi in the district Monday, police said.

 Periyar statue found vandalised in Tamil Nadu’s Aranthangi; MK Stalin demands culprits be ‘crushed with iron fist’

Vandalised Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu's aranthangi. Image Courtesy: Twitter/@mkstalin

The statue located near the government hospital was found with the head dislodged and lying on the ground, they said.

Local leaders of the Dravidar Kazhagam noticed the damage caused to the statue Monday morning and informed police, demanding that the culprits be arrested immediately. Officials said steps were being taken to repair the statue.

DMK president MK Stalin condemned the desecration of the statue. "Not only should stern action be taken against whoever be the destructive forces which acted with the intention to disturb peace during election time but they should be crushed with an iron fist," he said in a tweet.

Periyar, who launched the self-respect movement in the state, was a staunch atheist and had founded the Dravidar Kazhagam, the parent organisation of the DMK.

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Updated Date: Apr 08, 2019 17:24:03 IST