A statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was vandalised in Ludhiana on Tuesday by two youths, who Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh claimed, owed allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
He asked SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to apologise for the act of his party workers.
The miscreants sprayed red and black paint on the statue at the Salem Tabri area in Ludhiana, police said.
They carried out the act in full public glare and blamed Rajiv Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, they said.
Police said the miscreants demanded that statues of Rajiv Gandhi across the country be removed and Bharat Ratna conferred on him be withdrawn.
The statue was later cleaned by some Congress leaders in Ludhiana by taking off his turban sparking an outrage on social media.
The man spoke to the media after videos went viral on social media.