The destruction of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC is disrespectful and such incidents do not bring people together, leading US lawmakers have said.
The statue, located opposite the Indian embassy, was destroyed on Wednesday with graffiti and spray painting, which prompted the mission to file a complaint with local law enforcement officials.
The incident occurred during the week of nationwide protests against the murder of African American George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.
The Trump campaign described the incident as "very disappointing", while the US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster, apologized and apologized for the desecration of the Gandhi statue.
The incident is said to have occurred in the night of June 2nd to 3rd.
"Further evidence shows that violent radicals and crazies have kidnapped legitimate protests to create anarchy or for their own ends," said Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday.
The destruction of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the Indian embassy has nothing to do with the protests, the senator said.
Protests against the murder of George Floyd have become violent in some locations in the United States and prestigious monuments have been damaged. In Washington DC, demonstrators burned down a historic church this week and damaged monuments like the Lincoln Memorial.
"It is a shame to see the blemish on the Gandhi statue in DC," said Tom Tillis, North Carolina Senator.
"Gandhi was a pioneer of peaceful protest and demonstrated the great change it can bring. Unrest, looting and vandalism don't bring us together," he said.
The destroyed statue of Mahatma Gandhi, designed by Gautam Pal, has been covered and no attempt will be made to clear the site.
"We condemn this disrespectful act and work with the relevant authorities and the Indian embassy to correct the situation," said a spokesman for the State Department.
"Very disappointing," tweeted Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald J. Trump's advisor to President Inc. and National Chairman of the Trump Victory Finance Committees.
Ms. Guilfoyle tweeted along with a quote from Gandhi: "Our ability to achieve unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization."
US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster, said: "I am so sorry to see the desecration of the Gandhi statue in Wash, DC. Please accept our sincere apologies."
"Horrified by the horrific death of George Floyd and the horrific violence and vandalism. We stand against prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. We will recover and get better," he said in a tweet.
As one of the few statues of a foreign leader in a state in Washington DC, the statue of Gandhi was ordained by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the presence of then-President Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000 during his tenure during a state visit to the United States.