Badaun, Uttar Pradesh: A statue of Dr Ambedkar in Gaddi Chowk area, in the heart of Badaun town, was found to be locked in an iron cage. Besides, a police personnel has also been deputed for the statue’s protection.
The statue falls under Sadar Kotwali police station area.
While the Police said it was not aware who had put the cage, a picture released by news agency ANI showed a cop guarding the statue.
Statue of BR Ambedkar locked inside an iron cage and a police personnel deputed for the statue's protection, in Badaun. pic.twitter.com/U271aSz35O
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“The step might have been taken to provide security to the statue but we are not aware as to who has done this,” Circle Officer Virendra Singh Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI.
After locals raised a hue and cry, the cage was removed around 3 pm by the authorities, reported NDTV.
This comes in the backdrop of incidents of vandalism of Ambedkar’s statues.
SDM (Badaun) Parasnath Maurya said directives were issued to extend security till Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 as there were chances that some anti-social elements might damage the statues to disturb social peace.
He also said he was not aware of who had put the cage around the statue in Gaddi Chowk.
Three homeguard jawans have, however, been deployed for round-the-clock security of the statue, the SDM added.
Meanwhile, the Centre today asked all states to beef up security and check any possible attempt to inciting violence during the Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14
A few days back, a statue of the iconic leader who drafted India’s constitution, wore saffron and was covered with marigold garlands in the district. Images of the statue went viral on social media and soon it was repainted again in blue colour.
Last month, a number of statues were vandalised after a Lenin statue was pulled down in Tripura after the BJP wrested the state from the Left.