Statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore vandalised, one male arrested

A nine-feet tall statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore in Pakistan was vandalised yesterday. Situated exterior the Haveli of Rani Jindan Kaur, spouse of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, at Lahore Fort, the statue was vandalised by a individual discovered as Zaheer Ishaq on December 11. Ishaq was caught by a stability guard on the spot just after he broke the remaining arm of the statue. The culprit who is claimed to be a staunch follower of late Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi, was reportedly opposed to the positioning of the brave Sikh king at Lahore fort due to the fact he had transformed the Badshahi mosque into a horse steady.

Severed arm of the statue (Resource: dnaindia)

Zaheer Ishaq claimed that Ranjeet Singh experienced killed quite a few Muslims and harmed the sentiments of Muslim group. That is why he harmed the statue.

The Ranjit Singh statue was attacked earlier much too

This is the second time that the statue was attacked. Before, the statue was attacked soon just after it was unveiled in June 2019. Two adult men belonging to Tehreek-Labbaik founded by Maulana Khadim Rizvi, had reportedly desecrated the statue in August last calendar year soon after Indian authorities abrogated Article 370 applicable to Jammu and Kashmir.

Statue was installed to commemorate Maharaja’s legacy

The bronze statue was unveiled last 12 months on the event of 180th death anniversary of the Maharaja who experienced died in 1839. The statue sculpted by the community artists under the advice of Fakir Khana Museum, was mounted by British isles-dependent team Sarkar Khals Basis (SKF). It was set up to commemorate the legacy of the Maharaja who ruled around the Sikh empire in the Punjab location in the early half of the 19th century.