Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Fresh desecration of Ambedkar statue fans AP caste tensions

Fresh desecration of Ambedkar statue fans AP caste tensions

Thursday, 26 January 2012 23:24
PNS | Hyderabad

The Godavari belt in Andhra region continued to face the threat of
caste conflagration with one more statue of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar
being desecrated and damaged by unknown miscreants.

The incident occurred in Dhowleshwaram near Rajahmundry in the East
Godavari district even as Dalit organisations observed a "Black Day"
in Konaseema region of the same district today against the desecration
of four statues of the architect of the Indian constitution.

Dalit organisations put up black flags on Ambedkar statues at many
places in and around Amalapuram.

As the news of damage to another statue spread, Dalit activists and
locals swung into action and held a Rasta Roko on National Highway 5.
They shouted slogans against the Government and the police and
demanded action against the culprits.

A senior police official rushed to the spot and started
investigations. The State Government had ordered an additional
director general of police to head investigations into the desecration
of four statues earlier this week but nothing has come out of it yet.

The "politics of statues" came to the fore in the backdrop of growing
tensions between Dalits and Kapus in the East Godavari district of

Many political parties have strongly condemned the incidents. The
Communist of Party of Indian state secretary K Narayana said that
incidents were the fall out of feuds within the Congress party.

The State Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana said the incidents
were part of conspiracy to destabilise the Government behind the
incidents", he told the reporters in Hyderabad.

Film star and Telugu Desam leader N Balakrishna demanded stringent
action against the people behind the vandalism and desecration of the
statues of Ambedkar.

Meanwhile, the police in Hyderabad arrested Telangana Jagruti leader
Kavita when she tried to lead a march towards the State Assembly
demanding installation of Ambedkar statue in the State Assembly. Many
other leaders and supporters of Telangana Jagruti were also arrested
along with her .

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