Now, Ambedkar statue vandalised in Meerut

The Dalit community held a protest and blocked traffic Wednesday morning. They ended their protest only after assurance from the district administration that a new statue of Ambedkar would be installed. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 07, 2018, 10.07 AM (IST)

A statue of Dr BR Ambdekar was vandalised in Meerut on Tuesday. 

The news agency ANI reported that the vandalism, by unidentified people, took place late last night in Meerut's Mawana. 

ANI added that the Dalit community held a protest and blocked traffic Wednesday morning. They ended their protest only after assurance from the district administration that a new statue of Ambedkar would be installed. 

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India has recently found itself in the middle of a "statue" war. 

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The desecration of statues started with the bringing down of a statue of Lenin in Tripura after the BJP won the recent state elelction. That was followed by the vandalism of a statue of Periyar in Tamil Nadu's Vellore last night. Police said a BJP and a CPI worker were arrested. The BJP has since expelled its party worker. 

And this morning a statue of Jan Sangh (the predecessor of the BJP) leader Syama Prasad Mukherjee was vandalised in Kolkata's Jadavpur University.