Jamshedpur: Hundreds of people comprising a majority of Adivasis took to the street at Sunday Market, Birsanagar, to protest vandalism at the Bhagwan Birsa Munda roundabout by unidentified elements on Friday.
The residents were irked after the statue of Bhagwan Birsa Munda was found broken in the evening. The hand of the statue was missing and the bow and arrow were also vandalized, sources said.
Condemning the incident, the protestors demanded speedy arresting of the culprits. They gathered round the local police station soon after the incident transpired and asked the police officials to tighten noose around the mischief-mongers. They said the act was deliberate and intended to hurt the sentiments of thousands of Adivasis and other citizens who venerated Bhagwan Birsa Munda.
Several local social and cultural organizations too, came out in protest of the incident. Their representatives alleged that police inaction had led certain anti-social elements to commit daring acts in the daylight. They said police should book the culprits so that exemplary action could be taken against them.
Police officials said a search was on for the culprits. They said they had inquired about the incident from local residents, many of whom have shops near the roundabout. They said the statue, being the landmark of the locality, was a symbol of patriotism, Adivasi culture and communal unity in the area.
In view of the disturbance caused by the incident, police officials convened a meeting of the local peace committee members to ensure communal harmony in the area. Peace committee members said they would be talking to local residents to keep peace and allow police to carry out investigation without any hassles caused by protestors.