Another Dr BR Ambedkar statue vandalised by miscreants

Falling statues: From Lenin to Ambedkar, 5 statues vandalised in 2 days in India

A statue of Dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar was on Friday found vandalised by miscreants in a village in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, sparking tension, police said. The report added that the incident might have taken place at night.

The incident comes after a Lenin statue was toppled in Tripura and a statue of Periyar was broken in Tamil Nadu by suspected BJP activists. Reports state that six members of the group have been detained by the police in the incident.

Taking a serious view of the desecration of statues, the home ministry issued two advisories within one day, asking states to hold district magistrates and superintendents of police "personally responsible" for such incidents of vandalism. It drew condemnation from several political parties in the state.

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On Tuesday, two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov or Lenin were knocked down in Tripura's Belonia town. Earlier on Wednesday, BJP leader H. Raja said in a Facebook post in Tamil, "Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India? Today Lenin's statue removed in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of E.V. Ramasamy in Tamil Nadu".

In two days five statutes of prominent leaders in country has been vandalised and now India's lawmaker Dr BR Ambedkar statue has been brought down in Meerut city, Uattar Pradesh. "An additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any confrontation", Srivastava said.

Besides, a Syama Prasad Mookerjee statue in West Bengal's Kolkata too was smashed as retaliatory action, but seven Jadavpur University students were arrested immediately after the incident.

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A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Brajendra Narayan Mishra, had installed PM's statue in a temple before 2014 parliamentary elections.

It can't be confirmed whether the case is linked to the ongoing statue vandalism in various parts of the country or not.

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