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Ambedkar statue found desecrated

The statue has been found damaged in the premises of Allahabad University in UP triggering protests by the students.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 20:47 IST

Statues of Ambedkar were desecrated in Allahabad and two places in Karnataka on Tuesday even as the death anniversary of the Dalit icon was observed across the country.

Functions in Maharashtra, the state that recently witnessed large-scale violent protests against Dalit killings and statue vandalisation, passed off peacefully.

The Ambedkar statue was found damaged in the premises of Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh early on Tuesday morning after which the students blocked roads and burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, accusing him of being responsible for the "insult to Dalits' pride".

Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary personnel were deployed around the university area to prevent any outbreak of violence even as the varsity authorities got the statue repaired by afternoon.

In Karnataka, police lobbed teargas shells and charged with batons at Mannaekkelli village and Bidar town as Dalits torched buses and hurled stones after a string of footwear was found on the fence around a yet-to-be-unveiled statue of Ambedkar.

Police said the Dalits resorted to stone-pelting and torched at least two buses in Mannaekkelli in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district. Violence later spread to Bidar town, where scores of people resorted to stone-pelting damaging three to four buses.

In Mumbai, thousands of Ambedkar followers assembled at 'Chaityabhoomi', where he was cremated, and paid homage to him amidst tight security against the backdrop of violent protests against vandalisation of his statue in Kanpur and killing of a Dalit family in Khairlanji in Maharashtra.

First Published: Dec 06, 2006 20:31 IST