Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government on the damage to a marble statue of Mayawati in Gomti Nagar area here on Thursday.
    
"The Commission took cognisance of the incident on Thursday and a report was sought from chief secretary and principal secretary home through fax last evening," Commission's chairman P L Punia told.
    
He said a report has been received, in which details of the incident have been given, but action taken has not been mentioned.
      
Punia said yesterday's incident was unfortunate and done by people with anti-Dalit mentality. "Stern action should be taken against such people who want to spread hatred in society," he said.
    
The Commission's chairman also said that initially even he had opposed installation of the BSP supremo's statues with public money.
    
"I opposed glorification of a person with public money, but now as statues have been erected their security is the responsibility of the government. If anything happens then the government is responsible," he said.
    
The chairman also wanted stern action to be taken against those behind the incident to be a lesson for others.
    
No government would wish that the law and order situation deteriorates, he added.
    
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (law and order) B P Singh said that efforts were on to arrest Amit Jaani, state president of little known political outfit UP Nav Nirman Sena which claimed responsibility for the incident.
    
"Jaani is still at large and efforts are being made to arrest him," the IGP said, adding he was not in the state capital.
     
Three persons have been detained so far, police said.

(Agencies)

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