Dalit members 'cleanse' Ambedkar statue after tributes by Maneka, BJP leaders

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Earlier, on the eve of Babasaheb's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Dr Ambedkar National Memorial to the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity.

Leaders of all prominent parties will garland the statue of Dr Ambedkar at Hazratganj while BSP leaders would organize meetings at Samata Mulak Chauraha. In a tweet message, Mr Modi said, respected Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of the society.

A violent clash was witnessed between Dalit group and right-wing group in Phagwara which left 2 Dalits injured.

The chief minister has ordered suspension of mobile Internet services in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts to check rumour-mongering on social media, according to an official release. The incident came to light Friday morning when the villagers spotted the statue of Ambedkar damaged. A large police contingent was deployed in view of the tense situation.

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A case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the culprits behind the act, police said.

A group of Sikhs also protested outside the United Nations headquarters in NY against alleged atrocities perpetrated against minority communities in India.

Members of Dalit community on Saturday "cleansed" B R Ambedkar's statue here soon after Union minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes on his 127th birth anniversary, a Dalit leader said, claiming that their presence had "polluted" the atmosphere.

The Samajwadi Party has never celebrated Dr Ambedkar's birth anniversary with such gusto as it is doing this time. He was also the first Law Minister of India.

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