An Ambedkar statue was attacked and damaged in Naubatpur of Patna on the night of 15 May by antisocial elements. This statue was installed at a function on 14 April 2022 by villagers in Paswan tola in Sarasat village which falls in the Adla panchayat.
On 21 May, CPIML General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya as part of the campaign by CPIML against the attack visited the area and said that the attack is not on the statue of Ambedkar, but on the ideas he had stood for. He said that the attack was organised by those forces who want to establish Hindu Rashtra in country.
"We must not forget the warning of Ambedkar that if Hindu Rashtra becomes a reality it will be the greatest calamity for this country. This attack in on the very idea of India as envisioned by Ambedkar." added CPIML GS.
The attack on statue happened in the backdrop of the so-called ‘religious event’ of one Baba Bageshwar Dham which was being held at a nearby place.
Earlier, a CPIML team led by the party's CC member and MLA from Phulwari Sharif Gopal Ravidas visited the affected village on 17 May. The villagers told them the statue was first broken and then uprooted in the dark of night. Comrade Gopal Ravidas met the administration who agreed to reinstall a new statue. Since an first information report has been filed against the unknown persons, he asked to investigate the matter and arrest the accused persons. He said that at Taret Pali, not very far from Sarasat village, a so called Baba has raised very objectionable and unconstitutional demand of Hindu Rashtra and this desecration of Dr. Ambedkar statue was done immediately after that. Hence this cannot be denied that such an attack by frenzied anti-social elements was provoked. Same forces are attacking democracy and the Constitution are perpetrating attacks on Dr. Ambedkar statues.