Andhra Pradesh

42 Arrested, 7 Cases Registered For Violence Over Renaming AP’s Konaseema District After Ambedkar

The police informed that seven cases have been registered over the violence which took place on May 24.

Andhra Minister Pinipe Viswarup’s house set on fire by protesters. (Screengrab: India Ahead Network)

New Delhi: A total of 42 people were detained after the situation in Konaseema escalated when the locals protested against renaming the district after the Indian constitution’s architect  BR Ambedkar, reported news agency ANI.

The police informed that seven cases have been registered over the violence which took place on May 24, reported ANI.

“We have detained 42 people over the violence which happened been took place on May 24 in Konaseema over renaming the district. Few more will be detained as many have been identified through social media and CCTV footage,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Palaraju, was qyouted as saying by ANI.

A tense situation prevailed in Andhra Pradesh after locals staged a protest on Tuesday against the renaming of Konaseema district as BR Ambedkar Konaseema district by blocking the main roads and setting the house of Andhra Pradesh Minister and MLA on fire.

On Tuesday, the houses of Andhra Pradesh Minister Pinipe Viswarup and MLA Ponnada Satish in Amlapuram were set on fire as the state government led by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to change the name of the district to BR Ambedkar. The move was opposed by the Konaseema Sadhana Samiti.

The Samiti organised a protest on Tuesday near the district Collector’s office and sought to submit a memorandum to Collector Himanshu Shukla against the renaming. Police tried to foil the protest, which apparently infuriated the protestors and eventually led to the violence.

The police were reportedly unable to control the protesters, who then went straight to the Transport Minister’s house, and stormed inside, destroying the furniture and setting it on fire. Further, three cars parked in the premises were also set ablaze.

Earlier on April 4, the new Konaseema district was carved out of the erstwhile East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. Further, the state government last week issued a preliminary notification seeking to rename Konaseema as BR Ambedkar Konaseema district and invited objections, if any, from the people.

The Konaseema Sadhana Samiti objected to the proposed renaming of the district and wanted the name Konaseema retained.

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