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[ZESTCaste] Another Ambedkar statue disfigured in EG

Another Ambedkar statue disfigured in EG

Express News Service
Last Updated : 27 Jan 2012 01:52:06 PM IST

HYDERABAD/RAJAHMUNDRY: Another statue of BR Ambedkar was attacked and
disfigured in east Godavari district, this time at Dowleswaram, near
here, on Wednesday night. The miscreants chopped off the face and
right hand of the statue and threw it into a canal of Dowleswaram.

Reacting quickly, the government decided to send a group of ministers
on Friday to Amalapuram and other areas where Ambedkar statues were
destroyed. Ministers D Manikya Vara Prasad, C Ramachandraiah, Thota
Narasimham, P Viswaroop and deputy speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka
will visit the places in East Godavari to inquire into the incidents.
The latest incident led to protests from Dalit organisations and
political parties across the state on Thursday. A group of people
belonging to the SC community conducted rasta rokos and dharnas.
Traffic came to a halt in Dowleswaram and also on the national
highway for a distance of 10 km from the Vemagiri Junction. About 10
vehicles, including RTC buses, were damaged by the agitators.

Rajahmundry Urban superintendent of police P Umpathi, DSP (south zone)
Raja Gopal, and revenue divisional officer M Venugopala Reddy rushed
to the spot to study the situation. Police forces were deployed in
the area to prevent further trouble.

The Urban SP said special teams were formed to nab those who damaged
the statue. The RDO said the government would take stern action
against the miscreants and urged the public to maintain peace. When
contacted, DIG (Eluru Range) G Suryaprakasa Rao said steps were taken
to prevent further trouble in Dowleswaram.

On Sunday night, four statues of Ambedkar were demolished in
Amalapuram, which created an uproar across the state.

A police team, under the supervision of additional DGP Krishnam Raju,
is speeding up the investigation into the Amalapuram incidents. The
investigation is likely to be completed in two days. It is learnt that
police took some suspects into custody for questioning. Additioanal
director-general of police Krishnam Raju, IG (Visakha Range) KV
Rajendranadh Reddy, East Godavari SP C Trivikrama Varma are still
camping in Amalapuram.

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