Mahatma Gandhi's statue beheaded in Uttaranchal

The head of the statue at Gandhi Chowk was chopped off with a sharp-edged instrument, sparking protests by the people.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 14:41 IST

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Pithorgarh district was desecrated by vandals who cut off its head, police said on Friday.

The head of the statue at Gandhi Chowk was chopped off with a sharp-edged instrument, sparking protests by the people. Police have launched a hunt for those responsible, officials said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has accused the district administration of negligence and burnt an effigy of the government to protest the incident.

Uttaranchal Congress spokesman Surendra Kumar described the incident as unfortunate and demanded the immediate arrest of those responsible.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 14:41 IST