News of the Murti vandalism has been coming from the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. Unknown miscreants vandalised and damaged several under-construction Murtis of Ma Saraswati in Baharampur town of the Murshidabad district.
As per the locals, the potters were making the Murtis for the upcoming Saraswati Puja. Several Puja committees had ordered them to make the Murtis. The Murtis were almost completed. Only painting and dressing was left to be done.
Usually, the Potters left the unfinished Murtis beside the Netaji road of the town. A potter said, “After completing the work, I went home. I usually kept the Murtis beside the road. But, in the morning, I saw that all the Murtis were vandalised. Several Murtis were also badly damaged. Not just mine, the Murtis of other potters’ also were vandalised. This type of attack never happened. I think a group of people have done this. Because, it is impossible for a single person to break so many Murtis.”
Locals said that more than 30 Murtis of Maa Saraswati were broken. Many Murtis were thrown on the road. Hands, heads of many Murtis were broken. Taking advantage of the darkness, unknown miscreants did this, they said.
However, after receiving the information from locals, the Police from the Baharampur Station reached the area and talked to the affected potters. The Police officials promised them to identify and arrest the culprits, who are involved in this crime.
As of now, no one has been arrested.