Mumbai: FIR filed after vandalism at residence of Babasaheb Ambedkar

The police recovered the CCTV footage which was submitted by the caretakers of Rajgruha and found two to three vandals began smashing the flower pots after entering the premises.

Mumbai: FIR filed after vandalism at residence of Babasaheb Ambedkar
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The Matunga Police in Mumbai has registered an FIR after unidentified men on Tuesday evening vandalised the flower pots at Rajgruha which is the residence and memorial of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Dadar’s Hindu colony. 

The police recovered the CCTV footage which was submitted by the caretakers of the three-story building and found two to three vandals began smashing the flower pots after entering the premises. 

The incident happened in the evening on Tuesday and the caretakers informed that the some CCTV cameras were also damaged. However, the police have dismissed any political reason behind the vandalism and said those behind it may be “drug addicts”. 

The memorial has been shut down for public visits since the lockdown began due to the coronavirus outbreak. The vandalism in the premises of Ambedkar’s house has sparked massive outrage on social media. There have been several demands for action against those involved in the condemnable act. 

The building was built in the 1930s after Ambedkar settled in Mumbai and the ground floor has been dedicated to showcasing the belongings of B.R. Ambedkar. Several people across the country visit Mumbai to the memorial each year. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has ordered a probe into the incident and assured of strict action against the culprits. Taking to Twitter, he informed that the police are investigating the matter. 

“The attack on Dr. Ambedkar’s residence 'Rajgruh' in Dadar by some unknown persons today is condemnable. The police are immediately investigating the matter and strict action will be taken against the culprits,” Deshmukh tweeted in Marathi. 

The entire family of Babasaheb Ambedkar including his grandsons lives in Rajgruah. Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar has appealed for peace while urging the followers of Babasaheb to not gather outside the house amid coronavirus pandemic. 

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