One held for attack on Dr B.R. Ambedkar's Mumbai home


Mumbai, Jul 9 (IANS): Two days after 'Rajgruha' - the home of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution - was vandalised, the Mumbai police arrested the main suspect in the attack, an official said here on Thursday.

In a statement, Matunga police said that after scanning the CCTV footage of the incident which happened around 5.30 p.m. on July 7, the investigators finally managed to zero in on the prime suspect, who was detained late on Wednesday.

His name is Umesh Sitaram Jadhav, 35, and he is a daily wage labourer from Parel area of south-central Mumbai. Further investigations are on.

Condemning the incident, ex-Rajya Sabha Member and senior Congress leader Bhalchandra Mungekar said that since the prime accused has been arrested, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government should place the probe details before the people within a week.

"The investigators must find out the larger conspiracy behind this, if any... whether he was acting at the behest of some other powers, or he is a mentally unstable person. Such attacks on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's statues or his monuments keep happening around the country frequently and must be stopped," said Mungekar, an economist and prominent Dalit leader.

On Tuesday evening, it was suspected that at least two persons had entered the 'Rajgruha' compound in Dadar Hindu Colony, pelted stones at glass windows, damaged the CCTVs and smashed flower-pots before fleeing the spot.

The incident sparked off a political uproar on Wednesday attracting condemnation from all political parties, prominent leaders, the Ambedkar family and Dalit activists, demanding immediate action in the matter.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday assured that the culprit would be punished, while Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday announced 24x7 security around Rajgruha - built by Dr Ambedkar in 1933 - and now amongst the most-visited sites in Maharashtra.

The three-storied bungalow has a huge collection of over 50,000 books collected by Dr Ambedkar over the years, his photos, some personal effects, artifacts, and his ashes, which are now displayed in a small museum in the same premises.

 

  

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    Very soon Umesh Sitaram Jadhav will get bail for health problems ...

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 10 2020

    In a caste based country, many Indians do not like his quote that reads "I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity". Many Indians hate the constitution that he wrote. Many Indians believe that he was born an untouchable owing to the karma. Many people hate him, like they hate the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

    But, he has a large number of followers. When a big crowd went to Bombay University to vandalize, an old man said, not to touch the University, because Dr. Ambedkar studied there, and everyone relented. Also, highest number of statues are built on his memorial, than any person in the world. Dr. Ambedkar was the first Indian to pursue a doctorate in economics abroad I feel extremely sad that his home was attacked.

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