Srinagar: A statue of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar was vandalized in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, the latest in a series of attacks on statues of political and ideological figures across India, media reports said on Wednesday.
According to report published in ToI, members of the Dalit community held protests and blocked traffic in Mawana, Meerut after Ambedkar’s statue was vandalised by unidentified persons on Tuesday night.
The incident came to light hours after the Home Ministry sent an advisory to all states and Union territories to take strong action against anyone involved in the destruction of statues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his strong disapproval of statues being vandalized.
Two statues of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were brought down in Tripura following the BJP’s emphatic win in the state over the Left, which was in power for more than 25 years.
On Tuesday, a statue of social reformer Ramasamy Periyar was stoned in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, allegedly by a BJP worker who has since been taken into custody.
The next figure to come under attack was the bust of Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in Kolkata’s Kalighat. Seven people, the ToI report added.