Ambedkar statues damaged in UP

Clay Curtis
April 1, 2018

On Saturday morning, some unidentified people damaged the statue of Dalit leader Dr BR Ambedkar in Jhunsi area.

According to a news report in Delhi based News18, Uttar Pradesh police swung into action and rushed a team to the spot to avoid any untoward incident.

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While in Jhunsi, Allahabad, the protestors, mainly SP and BSP workers, were led by newly-elected SP MP of Phulpur Nagendra Singh Patel.

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A case was lodged against "unknown miscreants" under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with destroying, damaging or defiling any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of insulting. An FIR was registered at Dhoomariyaganj police station under Sections 295, 153 (provocation to riot) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of the IPC. "We have seen this phenomenon during the Saharanpur riots past year in two phases - once when Dalits led by the Bhim Army objected to Thakurs objecting to a procession in memory of Maharana Pratap and Muslims objecting to a procession by BJP leaders on Ambedkar Jayanti".

These events of statue vandalism triggered a protest in the state. "We will be staging a sit-in till it has been replaced".

Officials of the Ghaziabad Development Authority said they have been preparing well in advance to receive the chief minister for the elevated road's inauguration.

Last week, the Rajasthan Police had arrested one person for vandalising the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Jaisalmer. "Unlawful elements keep doing this to the mahapurush of the Dalits, it is a shame". "Lenin's statues were destroyed in Tripura, tomorrow, in Tamil Nadu, casteist Periyar's statues will be destroyed", he wrote. This act of vandalism shows that the fight over statues is not yet over and that miscreants are still at large when it comes to creating nuisance in the society by targeting figures of national importance.

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