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4 held for vandalising Gandhi statue in Manipur

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, April 17 � Police today rounded up four persons including a Village Defence Force personnel for their alleged involvement in vandalising the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Manipur�s Ukhrul town.

The statue of the Father of the Nation erected two decades back in the heart of Ukhrul, 84 km north of here, was found vandalised in the wee hours of Sunday.

A police team had rushed to the spot and found the statue vandalised and the head missing. The police immediately sealed the remaining part of the statue in a rug.

Police said that a case has been taken up in connection with the incident and four persons were arrrested. �But, one more accused is absconding,� he added.

The arrested persons were produced before the court today and were remanded to 11 days in police custody.

Among them, one Ngayaimi who serves as a VDF personnel in the State Police department has been dismissed from service, the police officer said adding the motive behind the incident is yet to be established.

Two stone plates relating to MGNREGS located in different localities of Ukhrul were also found destroyed by miscreants. Police suspect the two incidents to be connected.

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4 held for vandalising Gandhi statue in Manipur

IMPHAL, April 17 � Police today rounded up four persons including a Village Defence Force personnel for their alleged involvement in vandalising the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Manipur�s Ukhrul town.

The statue of the Father of the Nation erected two decades back in the heart of Ukhrul, 84 km north of here, was found vandalised in the wee hours of Sunday.

A police team had rushed to the spot and found the statue vandalised and the head missing. The police immediately sealed the remaining part of the statue in a rug.

Police said that a case has been taken up in connection with the incident and four persons were arrrested. �But, one more accused is absconding,� he added.

The arrested persons were produced before the court today and were remanded to 11 days in police custody.

Among them, one Ngayaimi who serves as a VDF personnel in the State Police department has been dismissed from service, the police officer said adding the motive behind the incident is yet to be established.

Two stone plates relating to MGNREGS located in different localities of Ukhrul were also found destroyed by miscreants. Police suspect the two incidents to be connected.