Saturday, January 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] 3 held for desecrating Ambedkar statues

IBN Andhra Pradesh | Posted on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:48pm IST
AP: 3 held for desecrating Ambedkar statues

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested three people for
recent desecration of statues of B.R. Ambedkar in East Godavari
district as Dalit groups continued protests in parts of the state.
Police brought three arrested youths before media and said they were
on the lookout for 10 others involved in the Monday incident at

Special investigating officer Krishnam Raju said the youths damaged
the statues in an inebriated condition. "It is an act committed on the
spur of a moment and no political group or any other section is
involved in it," he said. However, Congress MP from coastal Andhra
Harsha Kumar expressed his doubts over the arrests and demanded that
the real culprits behind the attacks be nabbed.

Police also appealed to Dalit groups to call off their protests and
urged them not to do anything which vitiates the peaceful atmosphere
of the state. On a call given by Dalit groups, a shutdown is being
observed in Eluru town of West Godavari, Medak and in parts of
Adilabad district on Saturday.
AP: 3 held for desecrating Ambedkar statues

At least three statues of Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian
constitution and a Dalit icon, were desecrated on the outskirts of
Amlapuram town on Jan 23. Another statue was vandalised at
Dowleswaram, a suburb of Rajahmundry town in the same district on
Thursday, triggering protests by Dalit groups.

A four-member ministerial delegation visited Amlapuram on Friday while
the government directed all district collectors and superintendents of
police across the state to be vigilant and take steps for protection
of Ambedkar's statues.

Meanwhile, a statue of a slain legislator was found vandalised at Tuni
in Guntur district, sparking tension in the area. Police imposed
prohibitory orders, banning any gathering of five or more people, and
tightened the security in the town.

Police said unidentified people uprooted the statue of Vangaveeti
Mohana Ranga and threw it into a nearby drain. The followers of the
slain legislator gathered in Tuni, demanding action against the
guilty. The statue of freedom fighter and farmers' leader Acharya N.G.
Ranga was also damaged by the miscreants in the same town.

Vangaveeti Ranga's son Vangaveeti Radha in Vijayawada appealed to his
followers to be calm and not to resort to violence.

Vijayawada, a city in the coastal district of Krishna, was rocked by
violence between two caste groups in 1988. Vangaveeti Ranga and two
brothers of rival politician Devineni Nehru were killed in the
violence. Ranga's murder had led to large-scale riots in coastal

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