On Sunday, when the city was observing Independence Day, residents of Dommasandra village near Sarjapura in Anekal taluk were up in arms against desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

There was tension for a while in the morning after the incident came to light, and residents blocked the Dommasandra Main Road demanding that the district administration replace the statue at the earliest.

According to the police, a gang of at least three men entered the premises of Dharma Sagar High School in Dommasandra, where the statue is installed, and damaged it in the early hours of Sunday.

The residents gathered in front of the school and staged a protest urging the authorities concerned to take action against those involved in the attack.

Senior officials from Sarjapur police station and Bangalore Rural district administration rushed to the spot and promised the residents that statue will be immediately replaced. The officials also held a peace meeting in the village.

“The statue was damaged with a view to disturbing peace in the locality. The district administration has promised to replace the statue at the same site,” said an officer at the Sarjapur police station.

Additional police force was deployed at the site and in the village to prevent the situation from deteriorating.

The Sarjapur police have registered a case.

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