Statue at Sikh Monument Vandalized With Swastikas

March 12, 2005

Source: BBC News

On March 12, 2005 BBC News reported, "Racists are believed to have vandalised a statue of a Sikh monarch, covering it with paint and Nazi swastika symbols. The statue of Maharajah Duleep Singh riding a horse, which stands in his adopted town of Thetford, Norfolk, was attacked early on Friday morning. Duleep Singh (1838-1893), the last native ruler of the Punjab in India, lived in the nearby Elvedon Hall, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The statue was erected by the Duleep Singh Centenary Trust in 1999. Its director Harbinder Singh said he was 'very saddened' by what he suspected was a racially motivated attack."