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When Babasaheb’s mortal remains reached Bombay

The passing of Dr Ambedkar on 6 December 1956 had saddened the Dalitbahujans of the country to no end. But even at such a time of loss, a large number of Dalitbahujans embraced Buddhism by touching his body. Read the documents of CID, Bombay, giving a blow-by-blow account of the last journey of Dr Ambedkar

Dr Ambedkar’s body brought to Bombay at 2 pm on 6 December 1956

Confidential letter number 12609-H written by the special branch of CID, Bombay, to the Secretary to the Government of Bombay on 12 December 1956

SECRET

Dr. AMBEDKAR’S FUNERAL

To,

The Secretary to the Government of Bombay,

Home Department, Bombay

Subject-Funeral of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

The news of the sudden death of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a member of Rajya Sabha and the leader of the Scheduled Caste Foundation, at Delhi reached Bombay at about 1 p.m. on December 6th, 1956 and it spread like wildfire in the city and especially in the backward class community. A large number of people collected at the residence of Dr. Ambedkar at Raj Griha, Hindu Colony, Dadar, where they expected to have his last darshan. An equal number of persons collected at Santacruz Airport, where the body was reported to be brought by air.

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About The Author

C. I. D Bombay

The material published above is excerpted from 'Source Material on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Movement of Untouchables', Vol 1, 1982 (p 428-435). It was compiled by B.G. Kunte and published by the Education and Social Welfare Department, Government of Maharashtra

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