Man arrested for vandalising Raja Ranjit Singh’s statue

Amraiz Khan

A man was arrested on Tuesday for vandalising the statue of famous Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh located at the Lahore Fort, with the city’s Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar saying “strict legal action” will be taken against him.

This is the third time the statue has been vandalised since its unveiling in June 2019 to commemorate the ruler’s 180th death anniversary.

In a video of the latest incident, the vandal, identified by police officials as Rizwan, can be seen breaking off the statue’s arm and toppling it off its horse before bystanders stop him from causing further damage.

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

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