West Bengal: Miscreants vandalise statue of former CM Jyoti Basu, trigger outrage

BasuThis is the first such instance in West Bengal in which Jyoti Basu's statue has been damaged and defaced. (Photo credit: Partha Paul)

In an unprecedented incident, a group of miscreants vandalised an statue of late CPM patriarch and former chief minister Jyoti Basu. The statue at Salkia in Howrah district was defaced using tar at the wee hours today.

The incident has triggered an outrage among the Left supporters and workers. This is the first such instance in West Bengal in which Jyoti Basu's statue has been damaged and defaced.

A CPM leader alleged that the vandalism is connected with the state government's decision of scrapping the bill for renaming Rajarhat township area as Jyoti Basu nagar.

"It is not a coincidence that the day when the bill was scrapped, a group of miscreants vandalised Jyoti Basu's statue and defaced the statue with tar. Several kind of attack is coming on him as this year we are celebrating his birth centenary," said Biplap Majumdar, CPM district secretary of Howrah.

(Madhuparna Das)

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