Tension erupted in Khurai town in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar after some unidentified persons allegedly garlanded a statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar with slippers late on Friday, police said.
The incident occurred at the roundabout on the Khurai-Bina road of the town, said Vivek Agarwal, district additional superintendent of police.
Local residents informed us that some unidentified people strung a garlanded of slippers around the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar at the roundabout of the Khurai - Bina road in the town, he said
Police reached the spot and removed the garland, Agarwal said, adding that police have registered a case against unidentified people in connection with the incident and investigation is on.
“Police have detained a suspect, identified as Sujit Dixit, who a couple of days back in a Facebook post hinted of doing something to Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue,” he said.
“The Padmakar police had registered a case under the IT Act against Dixit , who is being questioned.”
After the news of the incident spread, people, especially from the Scheduled Caste community and local Congress leaders and workers assembled in the town and started raising slogans.
Apprehending that the situation may take an ugly turn, police tried to pacify them, said Agarwal.
Senior police officials, including Sagar range deputy inspector general of police IP Kulshrestha and district police chief Sachin Atulkar rushed to the spot and spoke to the agitated crowd to pacify the crowd.
Later in the afternoon, state home minister Bhupendra Singh, who represents the Khurai assembly constituency, too reached the town and ordered the suspension of four police personnel who were on duty at the spot where the incident took place and transferred the town inspector for dereliction of duty.
Singh also announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who can give information about the accused person or persons.