Protect Ambedkar statues:AP Govt.
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Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012, 16:47
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday directed Collectors and Superintendents of Police of all district to take necessary measures for protection of statues of B R Ambedkar in the aftermath of desecration of his statues at some places in East Godavari district.

Nearly half a dozen statues of the architect of Indian Constitution were vandalised by miscreants at Amalapuram and Dhowaleswaram towns in the past one week. One of the incidents took place on Republic Day, leading to protests by Dalit organisations across the state.

As the issue threatened to snowball into a political controversy, the General Administration Department issued instructions to all district Collectors and SPs to take foolproof measures for protection of Ambedkar statues.

"The Government is serious about protecting all Ambedkar statues. Police and revenue staff are being deployed for this job," a District Collector told news agency over phone.

The Government sent Additional Director General of Police Krishna Raju to East Godavari district for monitoring the situation in Amalapuram and other places and nab the miscreants involved in the vandalism.

But so far no arrests have been made. "We have launched a hunt for the culprits and will soon nab them," a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, a group of Ministers, led by Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad, visited Amalapuram today to take stock of the situation. Assembly Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka was also part of the team.

Strongly condemning the defiling of the Dalit icon's statues, Prasad said the Government was taking steps to ensure such "unwarranted incidents" did not recur.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 16:47

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