New laws to be passed for protecting statues
TNN | Jan 28, 2012, 03.22AM IST
AMALAPURAM: The ministerial team, which toured some of the areas in
Amalapuram Mandal and Dowleswaram where statues of B R Ambedkar were
desecrated, on Friday said the government would introduce separate
legislation to protect the statues of leaders and take stringent
action against the culprits responsible the desecration of the
They said the issue would be discussed at the cabinet meeting on
January 30. The team of deputy speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka,
ministers Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad, C Ramachandraiah, P Viswaroop and
Thota Narasimham and chief whip Kondru Murali Mohan visited
Dowleswaram and Amalapuram and interacted with dalit groups,
organizations and individuals to ascertain the circumstances that led
to the desecration of the statues.
Vara Prasad said the government would introduce a separate piece of
legislation to protect the statues and is planning to conduct a
state-level dalit sadassu soon to propagate and make the people
understand Ambedkar's ideology and his views. The team members said
they would request the chief minister to install a statue of Ambedkar
on the state assembly premises. Vikramarka assured dalits that the
government would take stringent action against the culprits following
an appeal from various dalit organizations.
The leaders of dalit organizations including Karem Sivaji demanded the
government to take penal action against the culprits irrespective of
parties or castes.
Meanwhile, director general of police Dinesh Reddy said they have got
clues on the perpetrators behind the vandalism.
He said in Vijayawada that police have almost zeroed in on the
culprits behind the desecration of Ambedkar statues.
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