The black granite plaques, bearing names of the 158 people killed in the May 22 Air India Express plane crash, that was erected at the crash site in Kenjar, have been destroyed by unidentified persons.

The Bajpe police, who discovered the incident early on Tuesday morning, said that rocks were flung by miscreants to shatter the plaques.

Police Commissioner Seemant Kumar Singh said that the police had received a complaint from the airline and investigations were on. He said there were no credible clues on who might be behind the incident, but urged people to avoid falling prey to speculation and rumour.

Abdul Bashir, member of Air Crash Victims' Families Association said, “This is another blow to us after we lost our family members in the crash.”

Reacting to the incident, Air India Airport Manager Chellam Prasad said, “We have not yet come to terms with the May 22 disaster. This incident has pained us very deeply and we cannot fathom why anybody would do such a thing.” She added that repairs would be conducted based on orders from Air India headquarters.