A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) head constable has been arrested in Tamil Nadu's Pudukkottai in connection with the vandalism of a Periyar statue, which was discovered early on Tuesday morning.
According to a statement by CRPF, Senthil Kumar was on 30 days leave starting from March 14, and is undergoing treatment for a mental illness at a hospital in Hyderabad.
The head of the statue was found cut and placed near a traffic roundabout, police said. He also added that the senior police officials rushed to the spot in order to prevent any untoward incident.
A CRPF jawan, on leave at his native place, has been arrested for vandalising the statue of the rationalist leader, said chief minister K Palaniswami Wednesday.
The incident comes two weeks after, a statue of Periyar was vandalised in Vellore.
"Both these incidents are condemnable".
DMK working president MK Stalin has demanded the arrest of Raja for his post. "The government will initiate stringent action against anyone found damaging statues of leaders", he said.
"Had the government acted against (Raja) then itself, such incidents would not have happened", he said. "His statue too was destroyed today in Tamil Nadu", Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
There is a reason why the fingers are pointed at the BJP everytime a Periyar statue is vandalised in Tamil Nadu.
The DMK leader's remark is perceived as directed at the saffron party against the backdrop of a controversy involving its leader Raja.
He later removed the post and blamed his Facebook "admin" for the post.