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MP administration asked to protect Ambedkar statues: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The Centre has issued an advisory to the government, asking it to "protect" the statues of icon B R Ambedkar, a said today.

The advisory comes amid a series of vandalism incidents targeting statues and busts, and ahead of Ambedkar's birth anniversary tomorrow.

The of the Constitution was born at Mhow in on April 14, 1891.

A number of Ambedkar's statues were desecrated following the protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the

of Police (Law and Order) Makrand Deouskar said it was not known how many statues were there in

Nonetheless, he said, district authorities have been instructed to ensure the safety of statues.

When asked, he said that the Centre too has "sent an advisory to the state in this regard".

Madhya Pradesh witnessed widespread violence on April 2 during the bandh called by groups.

Eight people were killed -- four in Bhind, three in and one in Morena. Six of them were Dalits.

After the bandh, the statues of were found damaged in Satna, Bhind and Balaghat districts.

was born in the Military Headquarters of War, popularly known as Mhow', a cantonment area near His father, an Army officer, was posted there.

is scheduled to visit the at Mhow tomorrow.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 20:10 IST