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Ambedkar’s statue found damaged in UP village

Muzaffarnagar: Tension prevailed in Rashid Ghar village of Uttar Pradesh following the alleged desecration of a statue of dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

The incident was reported yesterday when the locals spotted the damaged structure under Thana Bhawan police station area in Shamli district, Circle Officer Sunil Tyagi said.

A police team was rushed to the spot after hundreds of people protested against the incident.

Tyagi said the statue will be repaired.

He said a case has been registered against unidentified miscreants.

Security has been tightened in the area, police added.

Incidentally, the neighbouring Saharanpur city has also been witnessing caste-based violence, wherein several instances of stone pelting and clashes were reported yesterday.

—PTI