An incident of vandalism of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Batticaloa in Sri Lanka was reported on 6 April 2012. The statues of Robert Baden-Powell, Swami Vipulananda and Pulavarmani Periyathampi Pillai were also reportedly vandalized on the same day at Batticaloa.
As soon as the report came to notice, the matter was taken up with the
Government of Sri Lanka as well as the provincial authorities of the
Eastern Province of Sri Lanka through diplomatic channels. They were
also requested to have the matter investigated and to take steps to
repair and restore the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Sri Lanka authorities had informed that the police in Batticaloa
were investigating the case and that they had arrested some persons in
this context. As per information available, the statues had since been
repaired and restored to their original state.
There have been no reports of vandalism of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi
in Sri Lanka prior to the incident of 6 April 2012. On 9 January 2012,
it was reported that the statue of Swami Vivekananda was damaged in
Arayampathy-Kattankudy area in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The
local authorities had since repaired the statue.