Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Statue row: shutdown by Dalit groups in AP

IBN Andhra Pradesh | Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 09:35am IST
Statue row: shutdown by Dalit groups in AP

Hyderabad: A day-long shutdown began in Andhra Pradesh on Monday on a
call given by Dalit groups to protest the recent desecration of
statues of Dr B R Ambedkar. Schools, colleges, shops and business
establishments remained closed in many districts while protestors
blocked roads to stop buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road
Transport Corporation (APSRTC).

Student organistaions, especially Osmania University student Joint
Action Committee has also called for a shutdown to protest the
desecration of statues in Amlapuram and other parts of East Godavari
district. Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra
Samithi (TRS), left parties, and people's organizations have extended
their support for the bandh.

A private bus was set afire at Chilkalguda in Secunderabad early on
Monday. Earlier, a bus of APSRTC was torched in Ramanthapur while a
private van was destroyed in Tarnaka.
Statue row: shutdown by Dalit groups in AP

Police in Hyderabad are on high alert after three vehicles were burnt
by protesters on Sunday night. Police have sealed all the routes
around Osmania University in Hyderabad to prevent students from taking
out a rally.

Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) and students groups have
planned protests in Hyderabad.

Three people were arrested for damaging the Ambedkar statues.
According to the police, the accused resorted to the act in an
inebriated condition and ruled out conspiracy by any political or
caste group.

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