Tension over desecration of Ambedkar statue

TNN, Jun 24, 2008

RAIPUR, India -- Tension gripped a village in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on Monday following the desecration of a statue of Baba Saheb Ambedkar by unidentified miscreants.

Police registered a case and deployed cops at Gopalpur village to prevent any untoward incident. "Some people put
a garland of shoes on the statue on Sunday," Rajnandgaon SP V K Choubey said. Police said Jagatram Sahare, a Buddhist, lodged a complaint with Chhuriya police station. Police have detained six people for questioning.

Gopalpur is a small village with about 180 families. Most of them belong to Mahar community while the others are either STs or OBCs. Choubey said the villagers do not share a cordial relation.