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Periyar statue in Sundarapuram, Coimbatore. (Photo/ANI)
Periyar statue in Sundarapuram, Coimbatore. (Photo/ANI)

Coimbatore: 21-year-old Bharat Sena worker held for desecrating Periyar's statue

ANI | Updated: Jul 17, 2020 22:55 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], July 17 (ANI): A 21-year-old Bharat Sena worker surrendered before the police on Friday in connection with the desecration of Periyar's status in Coimbatore.
A case has been registered against the accused, Arun Krishna, a worker of the Bharat Sena at Kuniyamuthur Police Station.
Members of various political parties, including the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and the Social Democratic Party of India on Friday, staged a protest in Coimbatore.

Periyar supporters and DMK workers gathered at the spot where the statue was desecrated. A complaint was also filed by Dravidar Kazhagam workers.
Taking to Twitter, DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi condemned the move stating that Periyar is not a mere statue but the path to social justice.
"Even after decades after his demise Periyar is still the one who sets the narrative. He is not a mere statue but the path to self-respect and social justice including those who smear him with colours," Kanimozhi tweeted. (ANI)