New Delhi, January 30
India has strongly condemned the vandalisation of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Davis, California, USA.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the act in the strongest terms at the all-party meeting he chaired today to discuss the agenda for the Budget Session of Parliament.
The Ministry of External Affairs said it was a malicious and despicable act against a universally respected icon of peace and justice.
The statue at the Central Park in the City of Davis, California, was vandalised by unidentified people. It was a gift to the City of Davis by the Government of India in 2016.
The Embassy of India in Washington DC has already taken up the matter with the US Department of State for a thorough probe and action against the perpetrators. Investigations have been initiated. The Mayor of Davis has deeply regretted the incident and said a probe has been launched. The US Department of State has said the act of vandalism was unacceptable and expressed hope that those responsible would be brought to justice as soon as possible. — TNS