New Delhi, January 30: India on Saturday strongly condemned the vandalisation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the city of Davis in California, and called it a malicious and despicable act, against a universally respected icon of peace and justice.
"The government of India strongly condemns this malicious and despicable act against a universally respected icon of peace and justice," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The statue, which was gifted by India, was vandalised at the city's Central Park on January 28.
The Embassy of India in Washington D.C. has taken up the matter with the U.S. Department of State for a thorough investigation into the incident and appropriate action against those responsible for this despicable act.
Apart from the embassy, the Consulate General of India in San Francisco has separately taken up the matter with the City of Davis and local law enforcement authorities, which have initiated the investigations. The Mayor of Davis deeply regretted the incident and informed that they have initiated an investigation. Local Indian community organisations have condemned the act of vandalism.
The US Department of State has conveyed that this act of vandalism is unacceptable and expressed the hope that perpetrators will be brought to justice as quickly as possible.