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Ambedkar's statues damaged in Allahabad, Karnataka

December 06, 2006 17:33 IST
Last Updated: December 06, 2006 20:42 IST

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Statues of Ambedkar were descrated in Allahabad and in two places in Karnataka on Wednesday, as the death anniversary of the Dalit icon was observed across the country.

The primary main functions were held in Maharashtra, which recently witnessed large-scale violent protests against Dalit killings and statue vandalisation, and these passed off peacefully.

The Ambedkar statue was found damaged in the premises of Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh early Wednesday morning after which the students staged a road blocade and burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, accusing him of being responsible for the 'insult to Dalits' pride'.

Groups of police and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel were deployed around the university area to prevent any outbreak of violence even as the varsity authorities got the statue repaired by afternoon.

In Karnataka, police lobbed teargas shells and charged with batons at Mannaekkelli village and Bidar town as Dalits torched buses and hurled stones after a string of footwear was found on the fence around an yet-to-be-unveiled statue of Ambedkar.

Police said the Dalits resorted to stone-pelting and torched at least two buses in Mannaekkelli in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district. Violence later spread to Bidar town, where scores of people resorted to stone-pelting damaging three to four buses.

In Mumbai, thousands of Ambedkar followers assembled at Chaityabhoomi, where he was cremated, and paid homage to him amidst tight security against the backdrop of violent protests against vandalisation of his statue in Kanpur and killing of a Dalit family in Khairlanji in Maharashtra.

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Sub: Dr.Ambedkar

the great person who did a great job for his fellowmen. but who is following his footsteps.he studied under street lamp and reached the top.nowdays ...

Posted by vasantha

Sub: Father of Indian Constitution

I can't believe we have started calling Dr. Ambedkar as a "Dalit icon". He wrote our constitution for Chrissake. I think we should remove all ...

Posted by Bragadeesh Srinivasan

Sub: Do away with all the statues

In the general intrest of the Indian people the goverment of India must wake up and remove all the statues of who ever it is ...

Posted by Shahid

Sub: Why r they angry

Why are all the community people angry with all the episode and destroying public property and time. Even the Dr. Ambedkar would not have liked ...

Posted by Cyrus

Sub: who in the world?

who the hell is doing this ambedkar stuff? what do they have to gain by defacing ambedkar?

Posted by Abhishek



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