West Bengal Poll Violence: Kolkata Police Forms SIT to Probe Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's Statue Vandalism During Amit Shah's Lok Sabha Rally
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's vandalised statue in Kolkata. (Photo Credit: IANS)

Kolkata, May 16: With the vandalisation of iconic Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue at Vidyasagar College in Kolkata gaining momentum, Kolkata Police on Thursday constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) for an investigation into the case. The statue was vandalised during BJP president Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata on Tuesday night.

Earlier on Tuesday, during teh violence, that broke out during Shah's rally, miscreants entered Vidyasagar College in Kolkata on Tuesday and vandalised the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Soon after it, political reactions poured in soon after that. Mamata Banerjee Shouts 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' at TMC's Lok Sabha Rally in West Bengal, Watch Video. 

Citing the violence, the Election Commission curtailed the poll campaigning timing till 10 pm Thursday in West Bengal and this sparked the war of words among political parties in the state. Both state CM Banerjee and PM Narendra Modi engaged in a war of words on the issues, accusing each other of the violence and vandalism of the statue.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Wednesday condemned the vandalising of a bust of 19th century Bengali icon Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. Even Congress too jumped in criticising the vandalising of Vidyasagar's statue. Congress leader Sachin Pilot called this politically motivated step ahead of elections.