Congress leader tasked with cleaning Rajiv Gandhi statue with his turban

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In July 2021, two nihang Sikhs set fire to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi after pouring gasoline on it and making a video in their mobile phones

The co-coordinator of Kisan Congress, a wing of the All India Congress Committee, has been accused of hurting religious feelings by cleaning up a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi installed in a park in Salem Tabri with his turban. The action against Gursimran Singh Mand was taken about 10 months after the incident.

A case under Section 295A (willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC has been registered against him at Salem Tabri Police Station.

In July 2021, two nihang Sikhs set fire to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi after pouring gasoline on it and making a video in their mobile phones.

Mand had arrived at the scene and cleaned the statue with his turban, which sparked an argument. Many Sikh organizations had raised objections to it.

Manmeet Singh of Urban Estate, Dugri, and his friend Kanwarpal Singh had filed a police complaint on July 12, 2021. After investigation, the case was registered.

Manmeet alleged that his feelings were hurt due to Mand’s act.

Inspector Gaganpreet Singh, who is investigating the case, said they would arrest the accused soon.

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