Two days after Lenin’s statue was razed in Tripura and a statue of Periyar was broken in Tamil Nadu, an idol of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar was vandalized in Uttar Pradesh late Tuesday night. The incident took place in Meerut district’s Khurd village. Senior district officials rushed to the spot and security forces were deployed in large numbers.
The Dalit community in the area had blocked the traffic in the morning. The protest was lifted after the locals were assured that a new statue will soon be installed. “The statue is being replaced. Investigation is being done and those responsible will be identified soon,” a police official said, reported news agency ANI.
Reacting to the violence spurting out of vandalism, the Home Ministry issued an advisory asking the states to be on alert. It has also directed the states to ensure the DM and SSPs are given personal responsibility to prevent any untoward incidents.
Earlier in the day, condemning the incidents of vandalism in several parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that stern action will be taken against those found guilty.
Meanwhile, BSP Chief Mayawati asked the BJP to stop the “drama” of issuing statements, and take steps instead to end the violence. “The spate of political violence and hatred started after the installation of new governments in the north-eastern states needs to be condemned… It is because of this kind of politics that there is tension and insecurity all around,” she added.