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Mahatma Gandhi’s statue defaced in Rajasthan, ‘ISIS zindabad’ scribbled on it

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The desecration of statues of prominent leaders continue with another statue of Mahatma Gandhi defaced in Dudu district in Rajasthan on Monday.

Gandhi’s statue

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“Some unknown miscreants wrote threatening messages on a Gandhi statue in Dudu district in Rajasthan. Efforts are being taken to ascertain the identity of the accused,” D C Jain, IG, Jaipur said.

The message has created a panic in Dudu area with police saying that efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the people behind it. ‘ISIS zindabad’ was scribbled on it.

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Additional SP Dudu Sanjay Kumar said the message was written on the back of the statue with paint threatening devastation on January 26. “ISIS name was also written along with the message,” he added.

“26 January ko tabaahi ka manzar dekhne ko milega (You will witness a trail of terror on 26 January),” said the threat message with the name of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) painted on the statue.

ISI, the acronym of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence, was also painted on the front part of the statue.

Angry residents shut all shops after the act of vandalisation came to light. A police team was sent to the scene immediately after the incident was reported. Subsequently, a Forensic Scientific Lab team and the district collector also reached the spot.

Amid the national crackdown on terrorists and terror suspects, the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has blocked 94 websites linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levants.

“94 websites used to radicalise people online have been blocked. We are monitoring websites and social media sites, so that these are not mishandled. Any website used to propagate ISIS agenda is being blocked. We are trying to create an ATS website to connect with the people,” said Maharashtra ATS Chief Vivek Phansalkar.

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