Ambedkar statue removed, found in garbage truck
Hyderabad: A day before Ambedkar jayanti is to be observed, the GHMC authorities were embroiled in a controversy on Saturday when they removed a statue of the architect of Indian Constitution at Panjagutta circle, which later was found in a garbage truck. Later, in a damage control exercise, the GHMC authorities ordered an enquiry and lodged a complaint with Hyderabad commissioner of police.
The corporation authorities took objection to installation of Ambedkar statue by a group of persons at Panjagutta circle. The statue was erected in the late hours of Friday close to the statue of former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy. GHMC officials took the support of cops to remove the statue, citing that permission was not granted to install it. When those who installed the statue staged a protest, mild tension prevailed at Panjagutta crossroads. However, the authorities convinced the protesters and shifted the statue to Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy Stadium in Yousufguda.
But, a few hours later, the statue was found dumped in a truck carrying garbage. Members of a Dalit organisation got wind of this when the truck was headed towards Jawahar Nagar dumping yard. They stopped the truck some 100 metres before the dumpyard and found the damaged statue of Ambedkar.
They raised slogans against the authorities and demanded strong action against those responsible for what they called a “reprehensible act.” Jawahar Nagar police rushed to the spot to control the situation.
Meanwhile, the GHMC authorities, in a statement, said that an IAS officer-led enquiry committee has been constituted to look into the circumstances how the statue had been brought out of the stadium and to identify the persons responsible. “GHMC commissioner Dana Kishore has sought a detailed probe. He talked to Hyderabad police commissioner. Action was taken against Yousufguda yard operator by shifting him out of the duty,” senior authorities said.
Meanwhile, Jawahar Nagar police registered a case under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Section 427 of the IPC based on complaint by P Ramurthy, state president of Telangana Mala Mahanadu.