Saturday, January 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Protect Ambedkar statues, AP Govt tells district officials

Protect Ambedkar statues, AP Govt tells district officials

Published: Friday, Jan 27, 2012, 16:42 IST
Place: Hyderabad | Agency: PTI

Andhra Pradesh Government today directed collectors and
superintendents of police of all district to take necessary measures
for protection of statues of BR Ambedkar in the aftermath of
desecration of his statues at some places in East Godavari district.

Nearly half a dozen statues of the architect of Indian Constitution
were vandalised by miscreants at Amalapuram and Dhowaleswaram towns in
the past one week. One of the incidents took place on Republic Day,
leading to protests by Dalit organisations across the state.

As the issue threatened to snowball into a political controversy, the
General Administration Department issued instructions to all district
Collectors and SPs to take foolproof measures for protection of
Ambedkar statues.

"The government is serious about protecting all Ambedkar statues.
Police and revenue staff are being deployed for this job," a District
Collector told PTI over phone.

The government sent Additional Director General of Police Krishna Raju
to East Godavari district for monitoring the situation in Amalapuram
and other places and nab the miscreants involved in the vandalism.

But so far no arrests have been made. "We have launched a hunt for the
culprits and will soon nab them," a senior police official said.
Meanwhile, a group of Ministers, led by Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad,
visited Amalapuram today to take stock of the situation. Assembly
Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka was also part of the team.

Strongly condemning the defiling of the Dalit icon's statues, Prasad
said the Government was taking steps to ensure such "unwarranted
incidents" did not recur.

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