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“Protests Erupt in Kalaburagi After Defilement of Dr. Ambedkar’s Statue”

Protests erupted in Kalaburagi city as news spread of the defilement of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue, situated at Lumbini Gardens in Kotnoor (D) village on the city’s outskirts. Led by various Dalit organizations and progressive groups, hundreds of people took to the streets to condemn the dishonoring of the architect of the Constitution. The miscreants had adorned the statue with a garland of footwear, sparking spontaneous outrage.

The protests, which began locally, quickly spread to other parts of the city, disrupting vehicular movement. Residents and local people expressed their condemnation, and a group of youths organized a bike rally, prompting businesses to close. Tensions escalated when protesters targeted a petrol bunk owned by BJP city unit president Chandrakanth Patil, throwing stones.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Kanika Sikriwal’s vehicle was gheraoed at two places, with demands for the immediate arrest of the culprits. In an effort to control the situation, both Ms. Sikriwal and Deputy Commissioner Fouzia Tarannum paid floral tribute to Dr. Ambedkar. As the day progressed, police forces were deployed strategically across the city, bringing calm to the situation.

A case has been registered at the University Police Station, and two suspects have been taken into custody for interrogation. Three teams have been formed to apprehend the culprits. Home Minister G. Parameshwar labeled the desecration as an “act of sedition” and assured that the government is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Opposition BJP criticized the Congress rule, arguing that the incident underscores the lack of protection for oppressed sections under the current administration.

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