AP: Ambedkar statue desecration; main accused surrenders
Monday, January 30, 2012, 13:49 [IST]
Rajahmundry (AP), Jan 30: With the Republic Day celebrations in Andhra
Pradesh hampered after some miscreants engaged in desecrating B R
Ambedkar's statues in East Godavari, the case has achieved a
breakthrough when the main accused in the act has surrendered before
The accused identified as Gandham Pallam Raju surrendered on Monday.
The police, meanwhile, were also successful in foiling attempts by
Dalit leaders to make the issue big. They were stopped from protesting
and many from the community were arrested as a precautionary measure.
The police stated that Gandham Pallam Raju, allegedly involved in the
desecration of the statues, surrendered before the district police. He
was wanted in another case six months back involving the attack
perpetrated against Tollywood actor Rajasekhar and his wife Jeevitha
while they were shooting in Amlapuram division. There are many other
cases filed against him.
The police added that they were on the lookout for eight other accused
who also engaged in defiling the statues. The total number of arrest
made so far in this case has become 4 now.
Among those arrested include Jupudi Prabahkar Rao, Gollapalli Surya
Rao, Bojja Tharakam and K Nirmala Kumari. They were arrested when they
were traveling to Amlapuram in East Godavari district. They were
scheduled to attend a meeting in the backdrop of the defiling of the
Ambedkar statues. They said, "We are organising the meeting to discuss
the reasons for desecration of the statues and not for other things."
The dalit leaders also condemned the arrests made regarding the
incident citing that the police were targeting innocent people.
With the chances that the incident could flare-up to something bigger,
security was heightened in the district following the leader's arrest.
The police stated that the accused defiled the statues under the
influence of alcohol. MLC K Durgesh, meanwhile launched an indefinite
fast in Rajahmundry demanding arrest of the "real" culprits.
TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao condemned the desecration of
Ambedkar's statues. He added that the TRS will support the bandh call
by some groups in the state.
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