Vandalism at Ambedkar’s Mumbai residence: Suspect detained

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="650"]Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Image : Google[/caption]

A suspect was detained by the police in connection with a vandalism incident at the 'Rajgriha' residence of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Dadar, central Mumbai.

The incident took place on Tuesday night, which has been condemned by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders. Thackeray said that strict action will be taken against those involved in this incident.

According to the complaint lodged with the police station, the unknown accused recorded in the CCTV camera appears to be suffering from mental disorders. A police officer said a man entered the premises of the Rajgriha and threw stones at the windows, damaging CCTV cameras and plants in pots. A case has been registered under sections 427 (harming by mischief-making activities) and 447 (offense of forcible entry) of the Indian Penal Code, the officer said.

Police is searching for CCTV footage and investigation is going on. This two-storey bungalow is Ambedkar's Museum situated in the Hindu Colony of Dadar, where Baba Saheb's books, his bones and other objects related to his life are preserved. The Rajgriha also houses his sister, and his grandchildren - deprived Bahujan leaders Prakash Ambedkar, Anandrao Ambedkar and Bhimrao Ambedkar.

Prakash was in Akola at the time of the attack. He has appealed to his supporters to maintain peace and not to gather outside the house. The Chief Minister said on Wednesday, 'The government will not tolerate the humiliation of Rajgriha and I have asked the police to take strict action against the culprits'. Condemning the incident, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar called it an act of anti-social elements with a wicked mindset. He said that Ambedkar's work and ideology are deeply rooted in the minds and no one can reduce the people's trust in them.