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PTI thiruvai India
Updated: 07-11-2018 21:52 IST

A controversy has broken

out in Kerala over erasing of a new wall painting at a railway

station depicting the 1921 wagon tragedy as part of "Mappila

(Muslims) rebellion" with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Wednesday alleging that the Sangh Parivar was behind it.

Describing the erasing of the painting at Tirur station

as "extremely heinous", he claimed it was an 'insult' to the

country's freedom struggle.

"Indian Railways, which is a PSU, has succumbed to Sangh

Parivar's interests and erased the painting", Vijayan alleged

in a Facebook post.

When contacted, Railway sources denied the charge and

said it was painted over in view of calls from various people

criticising the subject chosen for the mural under a

beautification programme.

It was perceived to be not in accordance with the

beautification plan of the railways, since it depicted a

"tragic event", the sources said.

The painting was half way through when a fresh coat of

paint was applied over it on directions from officials of the

Palakkad Railway Division to restore the wall to its original

state, they added.

BJP state general secretary A N Radhakrishban termed the

railway's decision as a 'welcome step' but said his party had

no role in it.

"BJP has nothing to do with the decision. As far as I

have understood, the Railways have taken a stand against

demonstration of communal violence," he told PTI.

The objection raised by local people might have persuaded

them to take such a stand, he added.

The wagon tragedy took place on Nov 21, 1921 when 67

prisoners from the Malabar region, arrested for participating

in the Mappila Rebellion against the British rule, died of

suffocation while being brought to Tirur in a windowless wagon

of a train.

Vijayan said the erasing of the painting was "an insult

to the history of Indian Freedom struggle and can only be

viewed as an anti-national act".

Using their power at the centre and various states, the

RSS was attempting to 'distort' and 're-write' history of the

country's freedom struggle, he said.

Now they were "allergic" to hear about the freedom

struggle, Vijayan said alleging that whenever the RSS got an

opportunity, it had 'slogged' for the Britishers.

"It is not surprising that these type of people are

scared to think of the 'golden milestones' of the history of

the freedom struggle," he added.

Besides Tirur, Kannur and Palakkad stations in the

division had been chosen for beautification works with

paintings of art, culture and historical events.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)