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Man arrested for vandalising Raja Ranjit Singh’s statue at Lahore Fort

Man arrested for vandalising Raja Ranjit Singh’s statue erected at Lahore Fort on Tuesday.

The video of the incident went viral on social media, which led to the arrest of the vandal.

The vandal, identified as Rizwan by police officials, can be seen breaking off the statue’s arm and toppling it off its horse as bystanders stop him from causing further damage.

 CCPO Dogar in a statement said the suspect used a hammer to inflict damage on the statue, as he directed the superintendent of police to immediately visit the site.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, also condemned the act and termed it a “shameful,”

“This bunch of illiterates are really dangerous for Pakistan’s image in the world,” he tweeted.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar taking notice of the incident directed the Lahore CCPO to submit a report in this regard.

He also ordered for the statue to be restored to its original form.

The Statue was unveiled in June 2019 to commemorate the ruler’s 180th death anniversary. Since then, this is the third time the statue has been vandalised.


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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