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Statue vandalism Row: Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar's statue vandalized in Meerut

Statue vandalism Row: Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar's statue vandalized in Meerut

Vandalisation of statues of ideological leaders and icons were first reported from Tripura soon after state assembly elections were announced.

Then, apparently, inspired by the Tripura incident, a BJP youth-wing leader in Tamil Nadu and party's national secretary H Raja took to social media on Tuesday and posted derogatory posts about Dravidian movement icon Periyar EV Ramasamy suggesting that his statues and busts will suffer the same fate. On Tuesday, a second statue of the Communist icon was razed to the ground at Sabroom, in the southernmost tip of the state bordering Bangladesh.

"We as a party do not support bringing down anybody's statue", he said. Politician-turned-actor Kamal Hassan, said, "These recorded views on Periyar are very low and punishable by law, according to legal experts".

H Raja's effigy burnt by protestors in Chennai's R K Nagar. It drew condemnation from several political parties in the state.

Circle officer of Mawana UN Mishra said a villager noticed that Ambedkar's statue was vandalised and informed the police. Adequate police personnel have been deployed in the area to check any other untoward incident.

Also, a bust of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee was vandalised on Wednesday in south Kolkata by seven persons, including a woman, allegedly belonging to a left-wing group, police said. The protesters were persuaded to call off the protest after officials fixed the statues with a new finger.

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

After Lenin's statue was removed in Tripura and Periyar's statue was vandalised in Tamil Nadu, statues of B.R. Ambedkar were vandalised and damaged in parts of Uttar Pradesh.

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