Article 370 revoked: Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistan’s Lahore; police arrests two

'This is quite unfortunate incident', said Walled City of Lahore Authority spokesperson Tania Qureshi

Press Trust of India August 11, 2019 11:06:34 IST
Article 370 revoked: Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistan’s Lahore; police arrests two
  • Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was vandalised by two men in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday

  • Police have arrested two men and registered a case against them under the country's blasphemy laws

  • 'This is quite unfortunate incident', said Walled City of Lahore Authority spokesperson Tania Qureshi

Lahore: A statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century, was vandalised by two men in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday.

Article 370 revoked Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh vandalised in Pakistans Lahore police arrests two

Representational image. AFP

The nine-feet statue of the Maharaja was unveiled at the Lahore Fort in June on his 180th death anniversary. Singh, the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, died in 1839. The statue, made of cold bronze, shows the regal Sikh emperor sitting on a horse, sword in hand, complete in Sikh attire.

Police have arrested two men and registered a case against them under the country's blasphemy laws. The two men were angry after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir last week. The suspects belonged to Tehreek-Labbaik Pakistan of radical cleric Maulana Khadim Rizvi.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority that is responsible for the matters of the Lahore Fort has expressed shock and vowed to repair the statue soon after Eid. "This is quite unfortunate incident. We will enhance security at the Lahore Fort so that no such incident should take place in the future", Walled City of Lahore Authority spokesperson Tania Qureshi told  PTI. "The statue's restoration will be carried out from next week. Once it is repaired it will be opened for the public again."

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