Lucknow, July 28 (IBNS): Three statues of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar were vandalised in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, police said even as they arrested three people allegedly responsible for beheading a statue of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mayawati two days ago.
The three statues of Ambedkar, a prominent social figure and revered as the father of the country’s constitution, were damaged in Azamgarh district, police said Saturday.
Broken pieces of a statue of were found in a field at Katat-Chakkatat village in Azamgarh, some 270 km from the state capital Lucknow while Two other statues of his were vandalised and thrown in the fields of the Nayi Palia and Jiyasath villages.
However, new statues of Ambedkar were promptly installed, police told reporters and the people who vandalised the statues are believed to belong to the same group that beheaded a statue of former Chief Minister Mayawati, a leader of the Dalit communty.
At least three people, including national president of the little known political group Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena Amit Jani, were arrested in connection to the vandalising of Mayawati's statue, police said on Saturday.
The Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Jani along with his aide Rajendra Singh Chaudhary alias Ferrari from Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Friday.
Lucknow Inspector General of Police Ashutosh Pandey said the police have also arrested a man named Qasim Chaudhary from the city's Gomti Nagar area on Friday.
According to reports, Qasim is the state president of Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena and was involved in the attack.
Six people have been arrested in the incident so far.
A group of men on Thursday damaged a statue of Mayawati at Ambedkar Park in Gomtinagar.
The attackers claimed to be members of the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena and took the responsibility of the attack.
According to reports, the mob reached the park around 1:30 pm on bikes with hammers and other tools and started damaging the statue.
The attackers broke the hands and the head of the statue.
At a press conference, Sena leaders on Thursday said that the Samajwadi Party (SP) -led state government should remove the statues of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief from Lucknow and Noida within 72 hours.
The leaders said they would remove the statue if the government failed to do it.
"Either the Samajwadi Party government will remove all Mayawati statues within 72 hours from Lucknow and Noida, or we will do it ourselves," said a Sena spokesperson.