Book vandals under SC/ST Act: BSP

The state’s main opposition Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday demanded that the state government book all those who were involved in vandalising statues of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar districts under SC/ST Act.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 30, 2012 4:02:04 am

The state’s main opposition Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday demanded that the state government book all those who were involved in vandalising statues of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar districts under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

On Saturday,statues of Dr Ambedkar were allegedly vandalised in Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar districts. The administration replaced the statues the same day.

Accompanied by state BSP president Ram Achal Rajbhar and national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui,leader of opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya said at a press conference that the attacks on statues in Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar clearly showed that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had no control over government officers.

“In our presence,Akhilesh had directed the Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP to make adequate security arrangements for the statues across the state. A delegation of BSP leaders comprising me and Naseemuddin Siddiqui met Akhilesh on July 27,” Maurya told reporters.

According to him,Akhilesh had directed both the officials to ensure protection of all parks,memorials and other statues. “Despite his assurances,the statues of Dr Ambedkar were vandalised in Azamgarh and Ambedkar Nagar,” Maurya said. Though statues were quickly replaced,such incidents are a matter of serious concern,he added.

Siddiqui,who is also leader of opposition in the Legislative Council,said a delegation of BSP leaders headed by him had gone to Noida and adjoining Badalpur for verification of security arrangements at the parks and memorials. “There were only two constables in the name of security at the Noida park. They did not even have canes in their hands,” Siddiqui said.

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