New Delhi: Delhi police received a complaint on Saturday against unknown Jawaharlal Nehru University students for allegedly vandalizing and defacing Swami Vivekananda’s statue on the varsity campus on November 14. The statue was planned for unveiling in January next year. The complaint, received by Vasant Kunj North police station, is being examined by senior officers so that they can make a decision whether to file a case, sources said. “We are examining the merits of the complaint,” said a senior IPS officer, adding a decision will be taken very soon.
The complaint is filed by Buddha Singh, the Chairperson of the Swami Vivekananda Statue Installation Committee of JNU. He has asked the police to register an FIR under Section 426 (punishment for mischief) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984. The statue is located within the Administrative Block and was installed on January 5 this year to pay homage to Swami Vivekananda. The statue has not been unveiled and is covered with a cloth. (IANS)