Tension in UP over destruction of Ambedkar’s statue

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Social Activist Martin Macwan (R, in gray/black) give instructions to Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK) volunteers as they lift a statue of B.R. Ambedkar at the DSK campus at Nani Devti village of Sanand Taluka, some 40 kms. from Ahmedabad, on December 20, 2013. Preparations are underway ahead of a Dalit movement in honour of Ambedkar this December 25 to mark the Manusmriti Bonfire of 1927, in which the Manusmriti - the single most responsible document sanctifying slavery for the untouchables in the caste system- was burned. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY

Delhi—A statue of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb was destroyed by Hindu extremists in Sant Ravidas Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, leading to severe tension in the Indian state.
BR Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables (Dalits) at the hands of upper class Hindus. Hindu extremists destroyed the four-foot tall statue of Ambedkar by throwing stones at it, media reports said.
Protesting against the incident, angry Dalits blocked traffic on the main road prompting the administration to deploy additional police force.
Senior administrative and police officials also rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control and pacified the protesters by assuring action against those involved.—KMS