Groups gather at Davis park after Gandhi statue vandalized, removed – KCRA Sacramento

Two groups gathered in Davis on Sunday after the Mahatma Gandhi statue was vandalized this past week.One group gathered to express its sadness for the destruction of the statue in Davis’ Central Park. The government of India gifted the statue to the city of Davis five years ago.The group is asking city council to restore it. “There are many thousands of Indian Americans here in the Central Valley, and we’re all very saddened that this has happened, and we hope for restoration, we hope for justice, we hope the ideal of peace on Earth and nonviolence Gandhi stood for prevails,” said Easan Katir with the Hindu American Foundation.He is also calling for more security at the park is the statue is placed back to help prevent and deter future vandalism.Another group also gathered at the park, and they said they were glad the statue had been removed. They blame Gandhi for some of the problems that surfaced when Pakistan and India were partitioned. “They are angry that the statue has been desecrated, they should not have put the statue in the first place. Why did they put it over here? Does the city of Davis deserve this statue? No,” said Nanak Bhatti with the Organization of Minorities in India. The destruction of the statue is still under investigation.

Two groups gathered in Davis on Sunday after the Mahatma Gandhi statue was vandalized this past week.

One group gathered to express its sadness for the destruction of the statue in Davis’ Central Park. The government of India gifted the statue to the city of Davis five years ago.

The group is asking city council to restore it.

“There are many thousands of Indian Americans here in the Central Valley, and we’re all very saddened that this has happened, and we hope for restoration, we hope for justice, we hope the ideal of peace on Earth and nonviolence Gandhi stood for prevails,” said Easan Katir with the Hindu American Foundation.

He is also calling for more security at the park is the statue is placed back to help prevent and deter future vandalism.

Another group also gathered at the park, and they said they were glad the statue had been removed. They blame Gandhi for some of the problems that surfaced when Pakistan and India were partitioned.

“They are angry that the statue has been desecrated, they should not have put the statue in the first place. Why did they put it over here? Does the city of Davis deserve this statue? No,” said Nanak Bhatti with the Organization of Minorities in India.

The destruction of the statue is still under investigation.