Unknown people took off with the table, a book and a pen attached to an iconic bronze statue of Indian physicist Dr Vikram Sarabhai installed at the popular tourist site Sabarmati Riverfront in the city of Ahmedabad, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago.
Police say the bronze statue of Dr Sarabhai sitting on a desk and writing in a notebook on a table, was vandalized by unknown disbelievers between 11 p.m. on October 26 and 11 a.m. on October 27. An FIR under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code for theft from unknown persons has been filed at Sabarmati Riverfront West Police Station. The statue was made by Ahmedabad-based artist Dhruv Shilpi and unveiled by PM Modi on January 17, 2019 by the Sabarmati River. The statue was installed by Riverfront Development Private Limited.
“Wednesday morning, around 11 am, while patrolling the riverside road, I noticed that the statue of Dr Vikram Sarabhai which has been installed at the corner of Chidambaram House Street, has its bronze table, his bronze book and his bronze pen. Unknown disbelievers had forcibly pulled the legs of the table which were tied to the ground. The items were intact until 11 pm Tuesday evening, ”said Prem Singh Chauhan, security supervisor of Panther, which was outsourced to Riverfront Development Private Limited, in his police complaint.
Talk to Indian express, a senior Sabarmati Riverfront West Police official said: “We check CCTV footage for other tracks and vehicle entrances and exits on the given stretch of road for a given length of time because the bronze table was heavy to be transported on foot. The total value of the bronze table, pen and book is around Rs 3 lakh according to an invoice presented by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
Dr Sarabhai is known as the father of the Indian space program and is also the founder of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) and the ISRO Space Application Center.
Noticing the theft, Kartikeya Sarabhai, son of the late Dr Vikram Sarabhai, said, “This is not a social corner, it is a prime location… the statue was of Vikrambhai sitting at a desk. They cut off the desk and took it away. Let’s see what can be done.