Unidentified persons damaged a statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar in Vijaynagar area of the city early Monday, triggering protests from locals, police said.
People gathered in large numbers near the statue and shouted slogans against a particular community suspected to have damaged it, according to police.
The incident took place early this morning when dense fog had covered the area, they said.
Senior officials including DIG Akhil Kumar and District Magistrate R Ramesh Kumar reached the spot and controlled the situation, assuring public of installation of a new statue.
On the eve of Republic day, some miscreants tried to disturb the peace in the area but the situation was controlled with the help of public, the DIG said.
A case has been registered against unidentified persons and police have been deployed near the statue.