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Statue vandalism row: Miscreants smear paint on Dr Ambedkar's statue

Statue vandalism row: Miscreants smear paint on Dr Ambedkar's statue

The police said that the 3-feet-tall statue is built on a disputed land which could be the reason that a few villagers allegedly vandalised the idol.

Following the incident, members of the Dalit community here blocked the Meerut-Mawana road even as the administrative officials sought to calm down the protesters and assured them that the vandalised statue would be replaced with a new one.

The war of ideological icons peaked on Wednesday, with reports of statues being defiled filtered in from various parts of the country. The incident sparked sharp criticism from the saffron outfit.

According to India Today, a statue of Ambedkar was damaged by unidentified miscreants in Meerut.

BJP leader H Raja posted on Facebook, which was later deleted, he wrote "Who is Lenin and what is the connection between Lenin and India?" The case was reported after a series of such incidents in Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

The vandalism of Lenin's statue in Tripura came under fire from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday. Political parties including DMK, MDMK and the Left lashed out at Raja, a BJP national secretary, with DMK working president M.K. Stalin leading the charge seeking his detention under the "Goondas Act". "An additional police force has been deployed in the area to avoid any confrontation", Srivastava said.

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In two days five statutes of prominent leaders in country has been vandalised and now India's lawmaker Dr BR Ambedkar statue has been brought down in Meerut city, Uattar Pradesh.

"Fencing will be done around the statue to stop recurrence of such incidents", he added.

A bust of Jan Sangh founder Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was blackened and vandalised at Keoratala Crematorium in Kalighat in Kolkata.

A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Brajendra Narayan Mishra, had installed PM's statue in a temple before 2014 parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his strong disapproval of statues being vandalised in parts of the country.

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