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UP govt "not allowing" installation of Ambedkar, Buddha statues in two villages

By Our Representative
Dalits of two Uttar Pradesh villages, situated not very far from to the state capita. Lucknow, are not being allowed to install statues of Dr BR Ambedkar and Gautam Buddha, allegedly because of the adamant attitude of the influential people of the ruling party, BJP, and officials of the administration.
While despite their repeated pleas, Dalits of Sarasondi village of Barabsanki district are not being given permission, in Gumai Majra village of Sitapur district the idols of Ambedkar and Buddha, installed on the private land of a Dalit farmer, were removed by the police and staff from the sub-magistrate's office on September 24-25, 2018, saying that it is a disputed land.
In a joint statement, Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and well-known academic and social worker Sandeep Pandey said that the statues were removed two days after they were installed because people associated with local BJP MLA Gyan Tiwari are seeking to "illegally" trying to occupy the land, for which they are terrorising the villagers.
Police issued false warrants against 14 Dalits to terrorise people, some of whom were forced to run away from the village to avoid arrest, while others have got bail. A person belong to upper caste, Kamlesh Sharma made a false claim that the land was disputed,the statement continued, adding, it shows the "anti-Dalit mentality" of those in power.

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