In a shocking incident that transpired in the early hours of Monday, miscreants targeted and toppled a prominent statue of Mahatma Gandhi at a busy road intersection in Holehonnur district, leaving the community in disbelief. Law enforcement officials have initiated a rigorous investigation into the matter to identify and apprehend the responsible parties.
According to local police reports, the act of vandalism was executed by two individuals riding a motorcycle. The incident occurred around 1:30 am, catching authorities off guard and prompting an immediate response. A manhunt has been launched to track down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
In a display of unity against the heinous act, members of the Congress party joined forces with concerned citizens to stage demonstrations, demanding swift action and the prompt apprehension of those responsible. The fallen statue became a rallying point for those advocating justice and reverence for the nation's historical symbols, according to PTI.
Law enforcement swiftly arrived at the scene, assuring demonstrators that they are committed to a thorough investigation and ensuring that the culprits will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Officers worked diligently to maintain order and provide a sense of security amidst the heightened emotions in the area.
The incident has garnered widespread condemnation from all corners, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who expressed his strong disapproval in a statement. "I strongly condemn the anti-patriotic act of vandalising the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Holehonnur in Shimoga," the Chief Minister remarked. "Only those who have no respect for the freedom movement, the constitution, and the law can commit such a heinous act. Whoever is behind this act will be caught and punished according to law. I request people not to resort to violence, but instead, cooperate to maintain peace and order," he emphasized.