BR Ambedkar's statue vandalised in Haridwar village, police deployed

BR Ambedkar's statue vandalised in Haridwar village, police deployed”

On Wednesday, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar were found defaced in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

Circle officer of Mawana UN Mishra said a villager noticed that Ambedkar's statue was vandalised and informed the police.

The directions come in the wake of a mob uprooting the statute of communist icon Vladimir Lenin in Tripura's Belonia, after the drubbing the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) faced in the recently held state assembly elections. Iconic Dravidian leader EV Ramasamy Periyar's statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu's Vellore on Tuesday, sparking massive anger and protests in the southern state.

The incident sparked protests by members of the Dalit community.

A district official of Haridwar said the miscreants damaged the statue in Kanhawaali village while it was dark. The vandalism of statues of public figures started after Lenin's statue was razed in Agartala.

"Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India?" The case was reported after a series of such incidents in Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. It drew condemnation from several political parties in the state. Restoration of the bust has been initiated, he said.

Hours after Union Home Ministry directed all state government to deal strictly with people demolishing statues of political leaders or ideological figures, miscreants demolished Dalit icon and leader Dr B R Ambedkar's statue in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut on Wednesday. "An additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any confrontation", Srivastava said. The vandalisation took place after a provocative Facebook post by the BJP leader H Raja.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly disapproved" incidents of vandalism of statues in certain parts of the country and spoke to home minister Rajnath Singh on the growing concern.

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