Angry locals in Kural area of Mumbai protested on busy roads until afternoon on Feb 19 after they found a Marian statue vandalized in their locality.
The statue inside Kurla village was found damaged, with their glass fronts broken with paver blocks.
As word spread, locals gathered around the statue and were soon joined by political parties, which were to hold their final public meetings here ahead of the BMC elections on Feb 21.
“We banished the political parties from the area,” said advocate Vivian D’Souza, who registered a complaint at Kurla police station.
He added that Kurla village remained tense until the afternoon with locals blocking traffic on LBS Road and demanding strict action against the vandals.
“No one was willing to listen to the police initially, even when the additional commissioner of police appealed for peace. A large crowd had come out to protest the desecration,” he said.
Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone V, said the protesters were eventually persuaded to move away from LBS Road.
“There was no violence, but a lot of people had gathered since the statues are of sentimental value,” he said.
Source: Indian Express
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