A memorial, put in the honor of 26/11 martyr Sandeep Unnikrishnan, was vandalised by unknown miscreants on Sunday evening. The incident took place in Bengaluru's Yelahanka New Town area, which has triggered massive outcry for an immediate restoration of the structure. After the incident, various pictures of the vandalised granite slab were put up on social media platforms, thus triggering people's ire over the incident.
The citizens of Bengaluru have asked the police officials to investigate the matter and have called for an immediate arrest of the offenders. Deputy CM G Parameshwara, the district in-charge minister of Bengaluru, taking to Twitter has said, "Am shocked to learn about the damage that has been caused to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's memorial in Yelahanka. I have asked @BBMPCOMM to ensure that this is set right immediately." Further, he has also asked the Bengaluru Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad to take further action and restore the plaque immediately.
Further, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar also expressed his concern over the subject and has called the incident 'a shameful treatment of sacrifice'. Further, he also asked CM HD Kumaraswamy and G Parameshwara to restore the plaque before November 26.
Reportedly, an official from the Yelahanka New Town Police Station stated that the officers investigated the vandalised property on Sunday night, and are now looking into the matter, while the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been asked to restore the structure. Major Sandeep was martyred on 27 November during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
He was trying to rescue the trapped hostages who were held by the terrorists at the Taj Mahal Hotel. He was also leading the commandos on the National Security Guard, who then went ahead to save 14 trapped hostages. Following his death, the then Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa named the Mother Dairy Double Road stretch as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road.
The incident of Sandeep Unnikrishnan's plaque being vandalised has led to a massive outcry and many have taken to their social media profiles to express concern over the subject.