Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue In Italy Vandalised By Pro-Khalistan Groups Ahead Of PM Modi’s Visit

A bust of Mahatma Gandhi has been vandalised in Italy allegedly by Khalistani extremists on Wednesday hours after its inauguration. 

According to reports, the accused also made graffiti on the base of the statue and wrote a reference to Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Following the incident, the local authorities said that the area was cleaned up in “record time”.

The incident comes just days ahead of the G7 summit in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to participate this week. 

PM Modi will travel to Italy on Thursday to attend the annual summit of G7 advanced economies.Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that PM Modi’s participation in the G7 summit would provide an opportunity to follow up on outcomes of the G20 summit held under India’s presidency last year.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra has said that he would take the matter with the Italian authorities.

“We have seen the reports of that and we have taken it up with the Italian authorities. We understand that a suitable rectification has already taken place,” Foreign Secretary Kwatra said.

In a similar incident last year, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was vandalised at a university campus in Canada’s British Columbia province by Khalistan extremists.