The state police headquarters on Friday issued letters to all district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs), asking them to ensure proper safety and security of the Ambedkar statutes in their jurisdiction and to ensure there is no repeat of incidents of vandalism that happened earlier in Nawada and Sheikhpura.
He said on the basis of a police Intelligence report about the festival causing possible tension in the area, the committee was asked, in the eleventh hour, to hold the event at an alternative venue.
Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar's birth anniversary on 14th April is celebrated as the Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti. However, police prevented us from garlanding the statue, stating that as per the protocol, it was the mayor's right.
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.
Soon after Ms Gandhi arrived at the Ambedkar's statue, along with BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt, city mayor Bharat Dangar, BJP MLA Yogesh Patel and others, members of the dalit community started raising slogans against them.
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Outside the country, Ambedkar's birth anniversary became a rallying point at the United Nations where a group of Sikhs held a protest against the atrocities against minorities and Dalits in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Jangala in Chhattisgarh on a days visit, said Ambedkar has given a Constitution that protects the rights of weaker sections of the society and appealed to people not to join Naxals to achieve their goals. "We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution".
"The museum at the memorial intends to create an immersive experience into the life of Dr Ambedkar, and his contribution to India, through extensive use of static media, dynamic media, audio-visual content, and multimedia technologies", it added.
President RamNath Kovind greeted the nation and tweeted: "Homage to Dr B.R. Ambedkar on his birth anniversary".
"I want to tell Modiji and his government that commemorating places related to Babasaheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to development of Dalits", she said.