Ranjit Singh statue vandalised in Pak

Ranjit Singh statue vandalised in Pak


The statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years in the early 19th century, was vandalised by two men in Lahore on Saturday.

The nine-foot statue of cold bronze was unveiled at the Lahore Fort in June on the 180th death anniversary of the Maharaja, the first of the Sikh Empire who died in 1839. Police have arrested two men and registered a case against them under the country's blasphemy laws.

The two were angry after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir last week. The suspects belonged to Tehreek-Labbaik Pakistan of radical cleric Maulana Khadim Rizvi.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority responsible for the matters of the Lahore Fort has expressed shock and vowed to repair the statue soon after Eid.