A statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was vandalised in the Katra area of Mirzapur District in Uttar Pradesh. The statue was found damaged on Sunday morning, prompting the Congress party to call a snap state-wide strike for Monday. Raj Babbar the President of UP’s state Congress told the Indian Express that the head of the statue was found in a drain with a note which read, “Our government is in power and he has been sent to Pakistan”. The statue of the former PM was damaged a few days after the Congress distributed a booklet which described Kashmir as ‘Indian-Occupied Kashmir’. The booklet was distributed during Congress’ UP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad’s visit to Lucknow, according to the Indian Express.
A FIR has been registered at the Katra police station by Mirzapur’s Congress president Abdul Wahid. The FIR reads that the statue of the late Prime Minister was vandalised on the intervening night of June 4 and 5. No arrests have been made in the case so far. Raj Babbar will lead the protest in Mirzapur on Monday, as reported in the Indian Express.
Raj Babbar told the Indian Express that, ”The vandalism has made all Congress workers very angry,” Babbar added that the party will wield its strength and show how it takes revenge. Babbar claimed that the incident is linked to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to the city. Babbar alleged that there was a conspiracy and said that certain forces are trying to create a divide in the state, according to the Indian Express.
Responding to the map fiasco Babbar told the Indian Express that both he and the Congress think that Kashmir is an integral part of India and those behind the mistake will be dealt with severely