PANAJI: Police inspector of Panaji town police station, Mr Rajendra Prabhudessai said that preliminary investigations into the breaking of terracotta statues behind the Old Secretariat in the city indicate that there was no foul play into the incident.
Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times,’ Mr Prabhudessai said that during the course of investigation it was found that there was no impact of any hard object on the statues but one could make out that it collapsed from the edge accidentally after some tourists leaned on them. He said the art installation was not intentionally damaged as it was also established from the broken pieces that statues fell on one another.
He said that officials from the Corporation of the City of Panaji lodged a complaint with them after the incident came to light.
Meanwhile, when the fashion designer, Mr Wendell Rodricks, who had sponsored the art installation, was contacted for his comments, he said, “I have got nothing to say over the vandalisation of the statues.”
“I had only sponsored the art installation a couple of years ago. It is the property of Corporation of the City of Panaji,” he stated, adding that, “The CCP was looking after its maintenance and security and I was told that the statues were insured and would be replaced in the near future.”