Andhra Pradesh: Ambedkar statue defaced, Ponnur tense

 Clashes broke out at Pedda Itakalapadu in Ponnur mandal of Guntur district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar was found smeared with black paint

Published: 02nd January 2018 01:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2018 08:11 AM   |  A+A-

People protest after a statue of BR Ambedkar was seen smeared with black paint in Guntur district on Monday

By Express News Service

GUNTUR: Clashes broke out at Pedda Itakalapadu in Ponnur mandal of Guntur district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday after a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar was found smeared with black paint and ash. Additional police personnel were rushed to the village to prevent any further fights. According to Ponnur Rural sub inspector Sk N Basha, both groups lodged complaints against each other. 

Maddu Ravindra and a few others lodged a plaint against some people accusing them of defacing the statue and badmouthing their caste. They demanded that a case be registered against the accused under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.  Meanwhile, the accused persons complained that they were preparing for a 40-day prayer for Sk Moulali who died after Ravindra and others attacked them by pelting stones at their houses.

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