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Tension after Ambedkar’s statue vandalised in Haridwar

dehradun Updated: Apr 17, 2017 20:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Haridwar,Ambedkar’s statue,vandalised

Villagers look on as the administration officials remove the disfigured statue of Ambedkar at Mirzapur Sadat village in Haridwar .(HT Photo)

Tension prevailed after a statue of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was partially vandalised in Mirzapur Sadat village on Monday.

The incident came just three days after Ambedkar’s poster was torn in Mundate village. Angry villagers staged protest and demanded strict action against the culprits. Police registered a case under Section 295 of IPC against unidentified persons. The police have also formed a committee to reinstall the statue at same location.

“An idol of Bhimrao Ambedkar was installed by Dalit community at Mirzapur village on April 14. Some unidentified miscreants demolished the statue for creating tension in the village. We came to know about the incident on Monday morning and took immediate action to control the situation. A case was registered and initial investigation revealed that it is a well planned strategy to disturb sentiment of the community,” said RK Saklani, station house offfcer of Khanpur police station.

Heavy police force was deployed in the village. The police detained some persons for questioning.

First Published: Apr 17, 2017 20:47 IST