By CBS13 Staff

DAVIS (CBS13) — A statue in Davis that was destroyed by vandals earlier this year is getting a replacement.

Officials said the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Central Park will be replaced with a new version of him—seated, rather than standing, to make it harder to break.

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The original six-foot statue was toppled back in January. Someone appears to have sawed it off at the ankles.

In recent years, critics have called for a re-evaluation of the cultural icon – arguing that, despite his achievements, Gandhi had reprehensible character flaws.

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After the Davis statue was toppled, supporters rallied at the site to condemn the act. The supporters were also met with counter-protesters, however, who argued that any statue of Gandhi didn’t belong in a public park.

The statue was given to the City of Davis back in 2016 by the Indian government. Its toppling prompted a call from the Indian government for an investigation – and garnered widespread media coverage in India.

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It’s still not known who toppled the statue.