The members of banned group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan vandalised the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh status took place in Lahore on Tuesday. The police have detained the man who carried out the act.
This is the third time that the Maharaja’s statue, in high security Lahore Fort complex, has been vandalised.pakistan federal minister for information and broadcasting chaudhry fawwad hussain termed the incident “shamefull”. “This bunch of illiterates are really dangerous Pakistan image in the world”.
The 9 feet statue, made of cold bronze, was unveiled at the Lahore Fort in June 2019 to mark the 18th death anniversary of the Maharaja. Singh, the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years. He died in 1839.The statue shows the regal Maharaja Ranjit Singh sitting on a horse, sword in hand, complete in Sikh attire.
The statue was built and installed by the Walled City of Lahore Authority in collaboration with the UK-based Sikh Heritage Foundation, which funded the project.
It took 8 months to complete the statue of the Sikh ruler sitting on his favourite horse named Kahar Bahar with a sword in hand. The horse was a gift from Dost Muhammad Khan, the founder of the Barazkai dynasty.
Just two months after its unveiling, the statue was vandalised by two members of Tehreek-e-Labbaik. Both the men were arrested by the police. They entered the fort as a disabled person and his helper.
The man who pretended to have a leg disability hit the statue with the rod he was carrying while the second person helped him. One of the arms of the statue and other parts were broken in the attack.
The police said that the attackers were of the view that it’s against their religion to erect a statue of a Sikh ruler in a Muslim country.