Monday, February 13, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar statue desecrated at Tadepalligudem

Ambedkar statue desecrated at Tadepalligudem

February 12, 2012
By DC Correspondent

Some Dalits noticed the desecration of the statue near the circle
police station in the early hours and staged a dharna and rasta roko,
leading to tension in the area. They demanded the arrest of the

A posse of police personnel was rushed to the area to avoid any
untoward incidents. Several commercial establishments were closed in

A police dog squad was pressed in to service. Fingerprint experts
collected samples on the statue.

The West Godavari district in-charge joint collector, Mr M.V.
Seshagiri Babu, the additional superintendent of police, Mr V.N.V.
Satyanarayana and the local MLA, Mr Eeli Nani, rushed to the spot and
held parleys with the agitating Dalit leaders and activists.

The additional SP, Mr Satyanarayana, ordered an inquiry into the
incident, assured efforts to nab the culprits and appealed to the
Dalits and the general public to remain calm. Mr Nani assured the
Dalits that a bronze statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar would be installed at
the same centre by April 1 to mark his birth anniversary.

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