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A Case Of Bloody Mischief

The desecration of an Ambedkar statue sparks off violence, leaving 10 dead and the city stunned

A Case Of Bloody Mischief
A Case Of Bloody Mischief
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THE vestiges of violence are still intact. Exactly 24 hours after riots broke out at Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar East in northeast Mumbai, the Dalit colony wore the dressed-down look of devastation—shards of glass strewn like confetti, the flame-eaten skeleton of "luxury bus" MH-O1-J1010, the sooty entrails of what used to be a police chowki...and the fading marigolds around the mute witness-victim, the bust of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Around 5 am on Friday, July 11, the Ambedkar statue in Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar was garlanded with chappals. The misdeed was discovered an hour later. The Dalit flare-up and the consequent police firing happened almost on cue.

By evening, newspapers carried stories of neighbours and friends who fell prey to panic-stricken cops: of 14-year-old Mangesh Shivsharan, who was scalped by speeding bullets. Of domestic help Kaushalyabai Pathare, 40, shot dead on her way to work. Of R.J. Jadhav, father of six, bread-winner, banned by virtue of a stray bullet from working for six months....

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