Bhim Rao Ambedkar's statue vandalised in Meerut

BR Ambedkar, Periyar, Lenin idols razed: As statue politics peaks in nation, Amit Shah backs H Raja but distances BJP from vandalism

On Wednesday, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar were found defaced in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed strong disapproval of incidents of statues of iconic leaders being damaged and vandalised in some parts of the country, and warned that stern action would be taken against all those responsible.

The directions come in the wake of a mob uprooting the statute of communist icon Vladimir Lenin in Tripura's Belonia, after the drubbing the Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) faced in the recently held state assembly elections. "Today Lenin's statue removed in Tripura, tomorrow it will be the statue of EV Ramasamy in Tamil Nadu", Raja had said in the Tamil post in facebook that had been deleted. The incident sparked sharp criticism from the saffron outfit. A senior district police officer said that two people, identified as Muthuraman and Francis, damaged the bust at Tirupattur in an inebriated state. BJP Chief Amit Shah also spoke to the party units in Tamil Nadu and Tripura and said any organisation person found involved in such vandalism will face severe action.Two statues of Communist icon Lenin were brought down in Tripura on Monday, two days after the BJP wrested the Left bastion. It drew condemnation from several political parties in the state.

Last year, the Dalit community's call to install a statue of Ambedkar and the objection of the Thakur community to the proposal led to major caste violence.

The vandalisation of Ambedkar statue comes after a series of such incidents targeting statues and busts across the country.

After statues of Lenin, Periyar, Shyama Prasad Mookherjee were vandalised in separate incidents across India, a staute of Dalit icon Bababsaheb Ambedkar has been vandalised by unknown miscreants, say TV reports.

Besides, a Syama Prasad Mookerjee statue in West Bengal's Kolkata too was smashed as retaliatory action, but seven Jadavpur University students were arrested immediately after the incident.

Reacting to the incidents of vandalism, Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) said, "Incidents of the toppling of statues have been reported from certain parts of the country".

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