US: Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue Outside Indian Embassy In Washington DC Vandalised By Black Lives Matter ProtestersMahatma Gandhi statue outside Indian embassy in Washington DC (Pic Via ANI/Twitter)

In a disturbing development in the United States, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi installed outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC has been desecrated by unruly Black Lives Matter protesters, news agency ANI has reported.

The United States Park police have launched an investigation into the desecration of the statue, the news agency said quoting sources.

Protests have erupted across the US over the death of an African-American man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd died on 25 May after a white cop pressed his knee on the African-American man’s neck.

Following the incident, protesters have taken to the streets across the country to protest against police brutality and racial injustice. Some of the protesters have also resorted to violence and looting.

The US prosecutors have charged several police officers in the case. The main accused, Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder.

The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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