Protect Ambedkar statues:AP Govt.

Andhra Pradesh Government directed Collectors and Superintendents of Police to take necessary measures for protection of statues of B R Ambedkar.

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.