Lucknow: After the vandalisation of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s statue last month in the state capital Lucknow, a trend of such incidents has started in other parts of the state. Vandalisation of former Chief Minister’s statue was followed by the attacks on the statues of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in many parts of state which has sparked unrest in these regions.  

The demolition of Ambedkar’s statue in Mau, Sitapur and Jaunpur sparked tension in these areas. The angry villagers allegedly blocked the Mau-Ballia National Highway protesting the demolition of Ambedkar’s statue in Khalispur in Mau district.

The demonstrators shouted slogans against the Samajwadi Party government and burnt the effigies of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The people took to the streets in Khatirpur Bhainsa village in Jaunpur to protest the incidents of vandalisation of Ambedkar’s statue here. Heavy security deployment was witnessed in the affected areas.

The local administration held an emergency meeting with the Ambedkar Sabha and installed a new statue of the late Dalit icon. The police have registered a case against some unidentified people in this regard.

The police officials said, they are investigating the matter and trying to find out who is involved in vandalizing the statues and subsequently creating violence.

Moreover, the miscreants also tried to disturb the law and order by vandalizing a statue of Ambedkar in Sitapur on Sunday. The police along with the administrative officials reached the spot and got the statue repaired. The situation, however, was brought under control thereafter.

Citing the vandalisaton of Mayawati’s statue in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has directed the police to remain on high alert in order to avert any kind of untoward incident. It further said that the station in-charge and the area in-charge would be answerable for any such incident in the future.


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