Karnataka: Footwear found hanging on arch commemorating BR Ambedkar

Protests erupted across Kollegal town by Scheduled Caste organisatons and the district police had to enforce prohibitory orders at Kollegal till January 22

Karnataka: Footwear found hanging on arch commemorating BR Ambedkar

Tension ensued at Kollegal town of Chamrajnagar district in Karnataka on Saturday after footwear was found hanging on an arch commemorating BR Ambedkar.

Protests erupted across the town by Scheduled Caste organisatons and the district police had to enforce prohibitory orders at Kollegal till January 22.

According to the district police, unidentified persons hung footwear on an arch leading to Bheemanagar, a predominantly Dalit-populated area sometime on Saturday night,

The Hindu reported. The arch had a picture of Dr Ambedkar prominently in the middle.







The discovery of the defiling led to a spontaneous outburst by residents and local organisations. Major roads in the town were blocked.

A KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus was pelted with stones, while the panes of another private vehicle were damaged.

Section 144, which prevents gathering of more than five persons at a place has been enforced in the town limits even as organisations continued to protest demanding the arrest of those who had targeted the arch.

Police, however, are yet to make any arrests.

Earlier in April, similar situation prevailed in the town after an Ambedkar photo was found desecrated. During the violence that followed, miscreants set ablaze over 20 small shops at Honganuru. Later, police investigation revealed that it was a planned act by Dalit leaders to destroy the shops.