Periyar statue vandalised in TN

A statue of rationalist leader E.V Ramasamy Periyar was found vandalised in neighbouring Kancheepuram district on Friday morning, police said.

The statue at Salavakkam in the district was found damaged on Friday morning causing a flutter in the locality.

Political leaders condemned the vandalism.

The incident comes in the backdrop of a renewed debate on Periyar in Tamil Nadu, after superstar Rajinikanth had made some remarks about the Dravidian stalwart at an event last week.

On January 14, taking part at the event held by Tamil magazine 'Thuglak', Rajinikanth had alleged: "In 1971, at Salem, Periyar took out a rally in which the undressed images of Lord Sriramachandramoorthy and Sita -with a garland of sandal-featured...." drawing the ire of pro-Periyar outfits and political parties.