Chamling pays tribute to Ambedkar on his birth anniversary

Statue of BR Ambedkar vandalised by unidentified persons in Jaunpur’s Gajna

Statue of BR Ambedkar vandalised by unidentified persons in Jaunpur’s Gajna

The Madhya Pradesh government had dedicated his memorial to the people on the Dalit icon's 117th birth anniversary on April 14, 2008.

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani's supporters and Bharatiya Janata Party workers clashed in Ahmedabad near a statue of BR Ambedkar on the occasion of the social reformer's birth anniversary on Saturday, ANI reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti. They are committing atrocities against Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Dalits. He said the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution. He stressed on two points - the first one was to be a responsible citizen by following the law and protecting the Constitution.

Late on Friday night, clashes broke out between Dalits and a Hindu outfit in Phagwara in Punjab over renaming of a junction.

The chief minister has ordered suspension of mobile Internet services in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts to check rumour-mongering on social media, according to an official release. The incident in Richhpal Garhi village of Bisrakh came to light when the villagers spotted the damaged statue. Heavy police force was deployed in view of the tense situation.

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A case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the culprits behind the act, police said. Security has been beefed up across the state.

As India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin started his opening notes at the event, a group of Sikhs stood up in the conference room and held up posters that read "Minorities Under Threat" and "Never Forget 84" alongside pictures of Ayodhya's Babri Masjid and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

All parties Ambedkar Jayanti Ustav Samiti members gathered at Bhadkal gate and paid homage to Dr Ambedkar in a function which was presided over by Samiti president Manmohan Singh Oberoi.

Dalit leaders also took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under construction Ambedkar memorial in Gorakhpur (UP) in saffron colour.

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