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Gandhiji’s statue inaugurated in Washington

Washington, DC: Indian ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Thursday inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Washington which was vandalized on June 3 during the Black Lives Matter protests.

The statue, installed in a park near the Indian Embassy was refurbished by an expert after the desecration.

Expressing disappointment on the incident, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun had earlier apologized for the incident.

The matter was reported immediately to the State Department and the Deputy Secretary of State had called the Indian ambassador to address the issue.

The Indian Embassy in the US also registered cases with the Metropolitan Police and the National Park Police, and the matter is being investigated. The US officials have also requested to be associated with the restoration of the statue.

The statue was vandalized with graffiti and spray painting, prompting the mission to register a complaint with the local law enforcement agencies.

The desecrated statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the design of which was created by Gautam Pal, was later covered and the site has been cleaned up. (ANI)

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