Statue ‘Intolerance’: B. R. Ambedkar’s Statue Vandalised In Meerut

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Lucknow: Incidents of attack on statues of Communist icon Lenin, social reformer Periyar, Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, BR Ambedkar have led to protests in Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

The vandalism and hate politics have reached a feverish pitch as reports of Dr BR Ambedkar’s statue being vandalised by unidentified people in Meerut’s Mawana late last night.

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Now Dalit community has held protest and blocked traffic in the morning. The protest has ended only after assurance from the administration of installation of new statue.

Prime Narendra Modi has expressed his strong disapproval of statues being vandalised in parts of the country and spoken to the home minister on the matter.

The Prime Minister strongly disapproved the toppling of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known as ‘Lenin’, statue in south Tripura and vandalism of social activist and politician E.V. Ramasamy ‘Periyar’ bust in Vellore.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Prime Minister spoke with Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh in this regard and strongly disapproved of such incidents.

The MHA has taken serious note of such incidents of “vandalism” and asked the states to take all necessary measures to prevent such events, an MHA statement said. The statement also said persons responsible for such acts must be sternly dealt with and booked under relevant provisions of law.

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