March 17, 2018

Ambedkar statue vandalised in Uttar Pradesh

10 March 2018, 12:41 | Rufus Hill

The incident sparked protests by members of the Dalit community and the statue was later replaced

B R Ambedkar's Statue Vandalised In Meerut Replaced

As per reports by Tamil Nadu police, the statue of the founder of the Dravidian movement was vandalised. The MHA in its earlier advisory had told all states and Union Territories that incidents of toppling and damaging of statues must be checked immediately and stern action should be taken to prevent such incidents.

The war of ideological icons peaked on Wednesday, with reports of statues being defiled filtered in from various parts of the country.

The incident sparked protests by members of the Dalit community. The local residents of Kaushambi are planning to file a complaint after the statue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi district was found damaged.

All the seven persons have been arrested, city police commissioner Rajiv Kumar said.

The statue vandalism had taken a turn for worse after the statue of Vladimir Lenin was razed and the statue of rationalist leader EV Ramasamy, popularly known as "Periyar", was vandalised on Tuesday in Vellore.

"Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India?"

Political parties including DMK, MDMK and the Left lashed out at Raja, a BJP National Secretary, with DMK Working President MK Stalin leading the charge seeking his detention under the "Goondas Act". Meanwhile, Belonia Municipal Council's CEO Amit Ghosh said that the vandalised statue will be kept at the premises of the municipal body in Agartala.

A day later, a statue of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised by unidentified men in south Kolkata. "An additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any confrontation", Srivastava said. However, local Dalit leaders claim the vandalisation was done in broad daylight. Latest in series was a BR Ambedkar statue which was demolished by "unknown miscreants" in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district, the authorities said, as they assured a swift probe and restoration of the Dalit icon's statue.

"Fencing will be done around the statue to stop recurrence of such incidents", he added.

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