In a shameful act, a fringe group belonging to the Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) and a faction of the Maoists defaced the paintings of Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The incident happened on Friday night at the new railway station of Kanchipuram leading to tense moments in the city. The fringe group not only defaced the paintings but also vandalised the station. The VCK leaders in social media posting claimed responsibility for defacing the paintings and proudly said they will remove symbols of Hinduism in all public places and gradually remove the religion itself from the country!
The Kanchipuram and Velankanni railway stations were being renovated and repainted as a part of Pilgrimage Tourism announced by the Government of India. While Velankanni station had many paintings of Jesus and famous church, the Kanchipuram had featured the paintings of Sri Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya to depict the history of Kanchipuram.
But shamelessly, the fringe groups which are in par with many Maoists and Naxals defaced and vandalised the beautiful paintings. The people said that they were very disappointed at their brazen act. Some people said that the fringe groups have only attacked Kanchipuram station as it showcased the picture of Hindu saints but nothing had happened to Velankanni station which had pictures of Church and Jesus.
Arjun Sampath, leader of Hindu Makkal Katchi, condemned the act and alleged that it was the continuation of the exhortation made by VCK leader Thirumavalavan to his aides to demolish all temples in the country. “There has been an increase in the attacks on Hindu places of worship after his call to his followers,” said Sampath. The locals also alleged that the incidents of attacking Hindu temples have increased recently and the police have failed to take any action against the culprits.