Gandhi statue vandalized in Batti

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Several statues in   Batticaloa, including that of Mahathma Gandhi and Lord Baden Powell the founder of the world scout movement have been vandalized in the early hours today by an unidentified gang, police said.

The statue of Lord Baden Powell was a memorial statue erected in honour of the leader of the movement, while the statue of Mahathma Ghandhi was erected over 40 years ago in honour of the Indian freedom fighter.

The heads of the statues have been completely mutilated by the gang. The statues of Swamy Vipulananthar erected in the premises of the Batticoloa Anaipanthi Vidyalayam and the statue of Palavarmani Periyathambipillai in the vicinity of Batticoloa zonal education office has also been vandalized by the gang.

The Batticaloa police are currently conducting investigations into the incident.

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  • Ran Friday, 06 April 2012 08:01 AM

    Same thing happened in maldives.

    dev Friday, 06 April 2012 05:21 PM

    shall we replace CBK instead?

    dev Friday, 06 April 2012 05:47 PM

    So Why you people worried when afganistan blasted one of the biggest buddha statue. there is bo budhist at all ne? so Nalaka u think that is right on your view?

    Javi Friday, 06 April 2012 08:18 AM

    Why this kolaveri.....kolaveri.....da?

    Mohamed Hussein Friday, 06 April 2012 06:01 PM

    Dont talk nonsence. Muslims in Sri lanka have never resorted to insult leaders or scholars of other communities. That may be the inborn quality of you people.

    waz Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:01 AM

    Please change your attitude towards Muslims!

    bah Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:25 AM

    Peter, your message is offensive. Still people are how hatred to each other without knowing the fact first. This incident is going to unite all the community in the east especially the Muslim and the tamil.

    bah Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:32 AM

    simon, is there anything wrong to follow the Arab culture since we are multicultural society and we need tolerance to coexist. while 6 Arab countries voted in our favor at the sometime most of us follow the Europe culture who are against us at the UN.

    jacoobc Friday, 06 April 2012 08:42 AM

    LTTE is back in action at Batticaloa. ??

    citizen1 Friday, 06 April 2012 06:21 PM

    The 'rebellion' is by - 'who else would have the power and authority it carry out a job like that?!'

    citizen1 Friday, 06 April 2012 06:22 PM


    nimal sedara Friday, 06 April 2012 08:53 AM

    Crazy people don’t be foolish.

    Sadun wicrama Friday, 06 April 2012 08:56 AM

    uneducated foolish people work.They don’t know who is Mahathma Gandhi.

    Fazli Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:45 AM

    simon limit your dead brain to the subject or leave this

    Sammy Friday, 06 April 2012 07:22 PM

    The statutes of these great people are erected to draw inspiration from what they have done and as a reminder of them. People who vandalize these are obviously uncultured, uncouth and without any sense of values, like those who vandalized the Bamiyan Buddha statutes.

    lalith Friday, 06 April 2012 09:09 AM

    this is very low!!!!!

    meenavan Friday, 06 April 2012 09:25 AM

    Barbaric act of the criminals

    Bavana John Friday, 06 April 2012 07:42 PM

    My dear dont create problems! Please leave Muslim freedomly. How did you come that conclusion?

    Fazli Friday, 06 April 2012 09:03 AM

    Its very sad indeed, the govt should spare no time
    to restore the statues.

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 06 April 2012 09:09 AM

    I thought the area is relatively safe with the large number of security personnel deployed???

    Lunar Friday, 06 April 2012 11:23 PM

    Oh My dear friend Lanksiri, you should advise those morons in GoSL govt to stop wasting money and building massive Buddha Stupa everywhere in Jaffna and northern provice. for that concrete they should build more water tanks and houses to poor people. :-)

    ULM Ali Friday, 06 April 2012 10:38 AM

    What is going in SriLanka everything crazy look like.

    sudhu Friday, 06 April 2012 11:19 AM

    Mr.Jacoob,,,,perfect prediction,,,this is how ethnonationlist think and go on wild and put blame on others brainlessly

    Malcom Saturday, 07 April 2012 01:15 AM

    This is anti US and Indian. movement work. There is no doubt about this coward act. Obviously, its modayas, white cap and uneducated peoples work.

    Bala Friday, 06 April 2012 11:53 AM

    Most of the Sinhala people will never learn anything from their own experiences, you are the troublemakers in Sri Lanka. If you do not stop with your mindset, you will come to destroy your own people's future. Think seriously of this!

    nalaka Friday, 06 April 2012 11:42 AM

    why do we need a statue of Ghandi in Sri Lanka and why do we need to worry this is not a part of India

    azath Saturday, 07 April 2012 01:38 AM

    You have not learnt enough from last 30 yrs

    kanan Saturday, 07 April 2012 06:38 PM

    when all statues of Buddha are saved then how all know about this history will teach lesson????

    Laughing bhudda Friday, 06 April 2012 11:57 AM

    innocent smile and charisma of Ghandhi attracted millions of people around the world, except that inhuman singaleese

    Naman Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:30 AM

    It is a repercussion for the Indian support for the American sponsored UNHCR resolution.
    What a sad menta state of psychopathSinhala fundamentalists.

    Muthukrishnan S Friday, 06 April 2012 12:05 PM

    It is tragic. Barbaric act. Sri Lanka Govt. must initiate action to protect the statues of the Father of the Nation of India in their Land. Or write to Indian Govt. to take back those Statues with respect.

    sltk2004 Friday, 06 April 2012 12:28 PM

    International conspiracy ?

    kumaraya Friday, 06 April 2012 12:25 PM

    Para, you are right. This is the handiwork of the Islamic radicals and may be the start of a demand for a separate Islamic nation. Look at the streets of Batti. What are those trees planted in the middle of the roads?! From where has all the money come for the "development" of Batti?!!

    FT Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:36 AM

    Very true BALA i was looking at the comment KUMNARAYA has made without having any information he has blamed the muslims, there a few idiots like him who created problems at the price of innocents.from child hood they are taught hatred and racism along with jealousy, the idiotic parents who do this should think they are creating a time bomb to destroy the future of SRI LANKA.

    Modawansa Friday, 06 April 2012 12:33 PM

    We know who?

    V.I.S.Jayapalan poet Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:30 AM

    This is the out come of narrow nationalist cries put forward by politicians attach to ruling coalition.

    laksiri Friday, 06 April 2012 12:19 PM

    this is not a big do not need to have many concrete jungle every where in the country.let used such material to build one more house to people living in camp.amount of concrete used to build to many status every where if properly used by the country would have many more water tanks and housed to poor people.

    Raja Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:28 AM

    Mahathma Ghandhi, Load Buddah, Jesus Christ and many others , they are great example for human, they would definitely hate to block the traffic at junctions. If you really respect their stratus rather than their teachings, first of all kill the birds who untidy them.

    Godaya Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:32 AM

    This is to create LTTE fear psychosis to cover up inability to govern the country.Devananada and Karuna may be ware of this dastardly act.Long live Banana Republic.

    Janaka Perera Friday, 06 April 2012 12:56 PM

    This might be the work of a Taliban-type group emerging in Batticaloa. The Talibans hate all statues, all works of art, music, dancing, cinema, TV etc.

    Pius Friday, 06 April 2012 12:28 PM

    Why are we doing such horrible and venomous act of hatred?. Who is behind this terrible act of terrorism? Why can't we find ways to build peace rather than hurting and de-humanizing the people in the East? How would you feel if someone destroy the Lord Buddha's statue? Be kind to one another and respect each other. We all can live in peace and enjoy life. Wake up Sri Lanka.

    koko-jumbo Friday, 06 April 2012 12:58 PM

    LTTE, EPDP or any humans who admires peace will respect Gandhi

    kumar Saturday, 07 April 2012 02:58 AM

    what type of security we have? a mob can go around and vandalize without the knowledge of the security forces in a high secured zone. were they at sleep as the LTTE is gone...

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 06 April 2012 12:52 PM

    Yeah guy, its much easier to blame on those blokes than looking for the real culprits!

    ossie Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:08 AM

    asking and eating theory created sri lankan politician in current regime should responsible.

    Sriyasena Friday, 06 April 2012 01:21 PM

    This is terible.It is suspicious because it has happened in a High Security Zone.Those lunatics responsible for this, are really scared of even statues of great people.Surely not done by a Tamil.

    Chitra Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:53 AM

    Nalaka, please think carefully before writing comments like "why do we need a statue of Ghandi in Sri Lanka and why do we need to worry this is not a part of India", Others may ask you why do we need a statue of Buddha in SL?

    Raja Friday, 06 April 2012 01:23 PM

    This is not the work of uneducated foolish people. This the work of cunning LTTE supporters who do the dirty work and then blame the SriLankan security forces in order to antogonise both the Indians as well as the British. However, I do not believe as to why these statues are in Baticaloa instead of Colombo?

    r.a.rasim Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:50 AM

    the unidentified gang has tried to induce a violence among multicultural people...

    shan Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:55 AM

    It looks that those who destroyed these images are angry with their descendents for some reason.

    wimal modawanse Friday, 06 April 2012 01:04 PM

    What is the value of unaliveness statue

    saab Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:43 AM

    kumara. baticaloa is 100% hindu town . the tree and all is in kattankudy which is another town. 2 totaly different city you racist!!

    I Hussein Sunday, 08 April 2012 04:53 AM

    Kumaraya, you clearly exhibiting your qualities. Its people like you who created an LTTE. Unfortunatly there is a small minority crowd in this country create communal disturbances time to time. One is you. Dont ever jump into comclution. We know who did this but you are so blind to see simple facts. Never seems to learn.

    Rajan Friday, 06 April 2012 01:15 PM

    If devil rules the country what else would you expect?

    Priya Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:08 AM

    Someone is trying to take away your attention from all the hardships that the common man is facing in Srilanka and all of us are wasting our time worrying about vandalization of statues! Haven't we seen enough distruction in the country which are far more greater than the vandalization of these statues?

    Nodrog Friday, 06 April 2012 01:19 PM

    No, its the work of ignorant and uncouth people who think these kind of cowardly acts will make the life and deeds of these great people less noble.

    peter Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:11 AM

    Is this the begining of another war?There is a particular religion who does not like stautes. The govt. should clean them up too.

    Kumar Friday, 06 April 2012 01:14 PM

    Remember in Afghanistan they demolish the Buddha statue. You can see what is happening in Afghanistan. The hatred must be stop in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka wants to become a developed Country and everyone to live peacefully.

    manilal Monday, 09 April 2012 01:13 AM

    Priya - you have said " someone " first find out who is that ?why you are trying to divert the attention from the topic ? these statues are importent assets for the people of the area who protected and admired the great leaders for decades for their service to the world and community.destruction will continue in sri lanka if people like you use negative tactics to save the culprits.

    Karavasam Friday, 06 April 2012 01:34 PM

    May be it was symbolic!

    That we do not believe in ahimsa.

    viv Friday, 06 April 2012 01:26 PM

    Nalaka's Comments
    "why do we need a statue of Ghandi in Sri Lanka and why do we need to worry this is not a part of India"

    Please note Mahathma GHandhi is a world reckon leader and he's the father of non violence and his statue is been kept in most part of the world not only in India.

    shan Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:32 AM

    it's ok these statues not as the ones in colombo no quality so we can have quality statues like in colombo, our defense secretary will look in to this as soon as he is free.

    KN Friday, 06 April 2012 01:26 PM

    How did you come that conclusion? Please let us live in harmony without creating racial hatred

    Ram Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:24 AM

    Sheer ignorance! What about the Buddha statures in every street corners

    raj Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:28 AM

    is there any connections between this incident and India's votes against Sri Lanka at UNHRC?

    hapu Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:40 AM

    so, then they have gone from museum to BATTI . ?

    Priya Saturday, 07 April 2012 04:54 AM

    Well said Chitra. I fully agree with your responses to Nalaka's comment.

    prassu Friday, 06 April 2012 02:16 PM

    I agree with the statement racial segregation.. its cultural domination : take out the memories which support the culture and the next thing you know its islamification of Batti, The salahis and wahabis from saudi have been hard at work. thats why they got deported

    Truth Friday, 06 April 2012 02:22 PM

    Any D S Senanayake statues in India ??

    Surasena Friday, 06 April 2012 02:30 PM

    So this is the Sri Lankan way of commemorating 100 years of scouting, which was declared opened by non-other than the H.E. President a week ago.
    We are extremely sorry Sir; Lord Baden Powell.

    subbiah Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:37 AM

    Rember Ganthi was following lord Buddha"s teachings and preached nonviolence

    bah Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:18 AM

    Do not worry all. All the statues that are destroyed will be replaced by another one much better look than the previous one.
    CCTV camera is going to come in every corner so the real culprit will be caught easily in future.

    rathgama Mihiri Friday, 06 April 2012 02:41 PM

    Nalaka, All of the part of many countries are love and have statue of Ghandhi.You go and see.

    Rahmathullah Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:34 AM

    This may be the work of people, who want to antagonize India for supporting the motion against Sri-Lanka at Geneva. This will only deteriorate Sri-Lanka's image in the International arena.

    rathgama Mihiri Friday, 06 April 2012 02:49 PM

    if they are vandalize Vihara and Dagab,What will do?

    MENDIS Friday, 06 April 2012 03:08 PM


    R.Dias Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:58 AM

    We have Mahinda Chinthanaya......

    MSSalam Saturday, 07 April 2012 05:41 AM

    Are they clearing the space for Mervyn's statue?

    Bigfoot Friday, 06 April 2012 03:12 PM

    No, this is the work of mislead "so called patriots".

    sam Saturday, 07 April 2012 06:24 AM

    No wonder, educated people leaving country!

    truealf Saturday, 07 April 2012 06:41 AM

    Good . Now its time to make a new Better Stautu of them and replace in the same place. And punich the coverd.

    K. C. John Friday, 06 April 2012 03:09 PM

    Decapitation, of course!

    Simon Saturday, 07 April 2012 07:15 AM

    islam and statues just can't seem to co-exist. Those statues are to blame for causing such intolerance and hate. on a side note, I have visited the East, was my first visit there as a tourist last year, and i found the place terribly repulsive. They seem to glorify an arab culture by naming roads and towns after despots in the Middle East. Their women dress in black ninja costumes and the men dye their beards in a repulsive red color. I believe South Asia is doomed because of these people.

    Noor Sunday, 08 April 2012 09:39 AM

    Simon, why you all think negatively, why not positively, i don’t know which religion you are, but don't herd any religious. in fact, we all follow on the other hand, the English culture, why you are not talking about this??? Nonsense people like you never help to keep peace within the communities in SL..

    Haftu Friday, 06 April 2012 03:34 PM

    I agree with you, lazy Sri Lankan ignorant likes to sleep a lot when he gets up no money for his tea, From "kam meli yo" you can have anything done.

    shantha madawela Friday, 06 April 2012 07:29 AM

    Is it a LTTE work?

    Gamini Udagepola Friday, 06 April 2012 07:39 AM

    Unwanted statues for them, it seems.

    Bigfoot Friday, 06 April 2012 07:33 AM

    This is very sad news. Mahathma Ghandhi was the greatest leaders the world has had. When President Obama was asked by a school kid as to whom he would like to have lunch with he said is would be the Mahathma. There are a lot we can learn from him. It is said that all he had at the time of passing away was his glasses, watch, bowl and plate. Well that was all. He travelled on foot.

    Donkey68 Friday, 06 April 2012 07:58 AM


    para Friday, 06 April 2012 07:45 AM

    Seems, it's a start of another rebellion

    Kolitha Friday, 06 April 2012 07:35 AM

    Can't understand the mentality of the people who ordered to destroy those statues......Don't know where we are heading to...

    alibaba Friday, 06 April 2012 05:01 PM

    As long as this uncultured mentality exist, there is no way forward for the people of Sri Lanka. Peace will only be a dream. Revenge and destruction is the answer to any issue. Very sad!

    MSSalam Sunday, 08 April 2012 11:00 AM

    I thought Gautama Buddha was from India, and don't we have plenty of statues of him everywhere? Why are you not complaining?

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