A statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati was damaged at Ambedkar Park in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar area on Thursday by men who claimed to be members of an unknown group called Uttar Pradesh Naunirman Sena. Three persons have been detained, police said. The incident led to protests by BSP workers at a number of places in the state, including Jhansi, Ambedkar Nagar, Deoria, Muzaffarnagar and Kanpur.
The virtually unknown outfit is headed by Meerut based activist Amit Jani.
Four men came to the park on bikes around 1.30pm carrying hammers and other tools to attack the statute, a security guard present at the park said.
The attackers rushed to the statue, broke the hands and removed the head of the statue, despite of the presence of security personnel at the park.The action coincided with a press conference by Jani at UP Press Club in which he demanded the removal of the statues of Mayawati.