Ambed­kar statue van­dalised in TN, video blames Ker­ala Mus­lims

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past week saw vi­ral so­cial media claims that ranged from the mis­chievous — a ma­nip­u­lated pho­to­graph of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi shar­ing a meal with Pak­istan PM Im­ran Khan — to the friv­o­lous — a six-yearold video of Tamil cin­ema star Suriya’s visit to a mosque shared as ‘proof’ of his con­ver­sion to Is­lam — and the dan­ger­ous:

Thou­sands of Face­book users have shared a video in which a youth blud­geons a statue of Dr BR Ambed­kar in the mid­dle of a market street. Although a picture of for­mer Tamil Nadu CM Jay­alalithaa is vis­i­ble on the pedestal, the vi­ral post claims the statue was van­dalised in Ker­ala’s Wayanad district — Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha con­stituency — by peo­ple who ac­knowl­edge wishes with “in­sha Al­lah”.

It was clearly an at­tempt to stoke com­mu­nal ha­tred, as Times Fact Check found the statue was at­tacked in Tamil Nadu’s Na­ga­p­at­ti­nam district on August 25, fol­low­ing a flare up be­tween dal­its and non-dal­its over a road ac­ci­dent. The district ad­min­is­tra­tion re­sponded promptly to ease ten­sion and re­placed the statue a day later.

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