Tuesday, March 13, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Cops put on alert to protect Maya, dalit leaders' statues



Cops put on alert to protect Maya, dalit leaders' statues
Purusharth Aradhak, TNN | Mar 13, 2012, 03.41AM IST

NOIDA: To avoid disfigurement of the statues of Mayawati and prominent
dalit leaders erected at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida, security has
been beefed up in and around the park. Senior police officials said
that the director general of police in Lucknow has given directions to
carry out flag marches at the park and other sensitive areas in the

In addition, PAC and cops in plainclothes will keep a close watch on
all activities around the park. The police have resorted to this step
upon fears that miscreants could deface the park and statues thereby
creating a volatile law and order situation in the state. Sources said
that there is a possibility of damage to the Dalit Park and other
statues by gangs that could trigger tension between the Samajwadi
Party and BSP.

A senior UP police official on the condition of anonymity said that
they have got information of some groups that may damage the ambitious
projects of Mayawati in Gautam Budh Nagar district. These were
precisely the kind of incidents that had cost the Samajwadi Party its
government in Uttar Pradesh in 2007. Widespread reporting of violence
in the aftermath of the party's stunning victory this year is fuelling
speculation of a return to the lawless days in the Hindi heartland

Sources in SP said that the key leaders are putting in efforts to
avoid any untoward incident that could damage the image of the party.
"Akhilesh Yadav has made painful efforts to improve the image of the
party in Uttar Pradesh. Now, all partymen have been strictly
instructed to avoid any act that could damage the image of the party,"
said an SP leader of Gautam Budh Nagar district.

At least three persons reportedly died and dozens of Dalit houses were
torched in incidents of violence across the state within 36 hours
after the historical win of Samajwadi party, several involving SP
workers. For damage control, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had to come
forward and was quick to caution his partymen that if they did not
maintain discipline, it would malign the image of the party. Mulayam
also met chief secretary Anup Kumar Mishra and DGP Brij Lal to review
the situation.

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