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Ambedkar statue removed in garbage truck, found damaged in

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

An Ambedkar statue, removed by the civic staff after being installed here without permission, was allegedly carried in a garbage and found damaged following which two people, including its driver, were arrested Sunday, police said.

As the incident which occurred a day ahead of the birth triggered protests by some Dalit organisations, the (GHMC) ordered an internal inquiry into it and suspended an

According to GHMC, a group of people attempted to install the life-size statue near Panjagutta circle here "without permission" in the wee hours Saturday. The civic staff prevented it and shifted the statue to a nearby stadium.

They claimed the statue was removed in the hours later by the outsourced operator without authorisation and it suffered damage when some people intercepted the vehicle and tried to take it out forcibly.

However, members of the Dalit organisations, who held protests demanding action against those responsible for the incident, maintained they found the statue damaged in the garbage

Acting on a complaint by a Dalit outfit leader, Police arrested the GHMC of the truck and another person on charges of damaging the statue and shifting it in the garbage truck to the dumping yard.

The complainant alleged he found broken pieces of the when garbage was unloaded at the dumping yard. The had told him he carried out the instructions of GHMC officials, the said seeking action against those responsbile, a police release said.

Based on the complaint, a case under the SC/ST (Preventionof Atrocities) Actand the IPC had been registered, it said adding the investigation was in progress to establish the identity other culprits.

GHMC M Dana Kishore in a release said an internal enquiry was on into the matter.

An outsourced operator "responsible" for shifting the statue from the stadium had been suspended as there was no permission from higher officials for removing it, he said.

GHMC officials said they have also brought the matter to the notice of police.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 19:55 IST
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