NEW DELHI (AP) A giant statue of a naked goddess was toppled by a storm on a street in northern India and smashed into pieces, leaving a gaping hole in its path and shattering its foundation, officials said.
An official with the city government said the statue, which was made of wooden planks, had been toppled over by the wind during a rally on Sunday in the southern town of Tharpur.
The god statue, weighing about 2,000 tons, was carried to the roadside by a man carrying a wooden pole, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
No one was hurt.
The crowd had gathered for a demonstration, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his landslide victory in the national election, which he hoped would put an end to the political crisis gripping the Indian capital.
After the man fell to the ground, he began smashing the god statue’s base with a hammer, and then set it on fire, the official said.
The crowd rushed to help, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident.