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Two more arrested for vandalising Mayawati's statue

lucknow Updated: Aug 29, 2012 11:58 IST

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The Lucknow police on Tuesday arrested two more persons in connection with the July 26 vandalism of former UP chief minister Mayawati's statue.

The two arrested youth were identified as Pawan Sharma from Meerut and Shagun Tyagi of Bijnor.

The two admitted to being part of a group that broke the life-sized marble statue of the Dalit leader at the Ambedkar Park in the state capital.

The duo were part of a little-known political outfit, UP Nav Nirman Sena. They told the cops that they used hammers to break the head of the statue.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Lucknow RK Chaturvedi said that the police were on the look out for the vandals for the last one month.

It was with the aid of electronic surveillance that the duo was apprehended.

Of the two arrested, Pawan is a travel agent while Shagun is unemployed.

A special task force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh police had earlier arrested three other accused in this case — Amit Jani, Rajendra and Qasim Ali.

Angry protests broke out in many parts of the state following the July 26 vandalism and the state government restored the statue within 24 hours.