Andhra Pradesh | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:07pm IST
Another ambedkar statue disfigured in EG
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
HYDERABAD/RAJAHMUNDRY: Another statue of BR Ambedkar was attacked and
disfigured in east Godavari district, this time at Dowleswaram, near
here, on Wednesday night. The miscreants chopped off the face and
right hand of the statue� and threw it into a canal of Dowleswaram.
Reacting quickly, the government decided to send a group of ministers
on Friday to� Amalapuram and other areas where Ambedkar statues were
destroyed. Ministers D Manikya Vara Prasad, C Ramachandraiah, Thota
Narasimham, P Viswaroop and� deputy speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka
will visit the places in East Godavari to inquire into the� incidents.
The latest incident led to protests from Dalit organisations and�
political parties across the state on Thursday. A group of people
belonging to the SC community conducted� rasta rokos and dharnas.
Traffic came to a halt in Dowleswaram and also on the national�
highway for a distance of 10 km from the Vemagiri Junction. About 10
vehicles, including RTC buses, were� damaged by the agitators.
Rajahmundry Urban superintendent of police P Umpathi, DSP (south
zone)� Raja Gopal, and revenue� divisional officer M Venugopala Reddy
rushed to the spot to study the situation. Police� forces were
deployed in the area to prevent further trouble.
The Urban SP said special teams were formed to nab those who damaged�
the statue. The RDO said the government would take stern action
against the� miscreants and urged the public to maintain peace. When
contacted, DIG (Eluru Range) G Suryaprakasa Rao said steps were taken
to prevent further trouble in Dowleswaram.
On Sunday� night, four statues of Ambedkar were demolished in
Amalapuram, which created an uproar across� the state.
A police team, under the supervision of additional DGP Krishnam Raju,
is� speeding up the investigation into the Amalapuram incidents. The�
investigation is likely to be completed in two days. It is learnt
that� police took some suspects into custody for questioning.
Additioanal director-general of police Krishnam Raju, IG (Visakha
Range) KV Rajendranadh Reddy, East Godavari SP C Trivikrama Varma are
still camping in Amalapuram.
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