New Delhi, August 15: A statue of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was partly vandalised and smeared with coal tar in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Tuesday. The statue was reportedly brought on Monday and was to be unveiled today on the occasion of Independence Day. Investigations in this regard has begun and the police are looking at this crime from all possible perspective.

As per a report by news agency PTI, the statue was to be installed in the campus of the panchayat office of Panchra village and hence was brought in on Monday. However, on Tuesday morning, according to the police, when the gate of the panchayat office was opened it was found that the statue was smeared with coal tar and face was partly damaged.

A complaint was lodged with Khairasole police station against unknown persons for damaging the statue. “Investigation has been started to find out the miscreants and motive behind this crime,” a senior police officer said.

A report by NDTV stated that angry villagers infuriated by this incident declared that if the police is unable to nab the miscreant/s responsible for this act, they will themselves launch a hunt.