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Andhra Pradesh

Konaseema Violence: Situation Under Control After Protests Over Renaming Andhra District

Heavy police personnel are deployed in Amalapuram and in the Konaseema district to prevent further agitation and destruction.

Angry protesters against renaming Konaseema district burn a bus in Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh. (Screengrab: India Ahead Network)

New Delhi: After the houses of Andhra Pradesh Minister Pinipe Viswarup and MLA Ponnada Satish in Amlapuram were set on fire on Tuesday as protests against the proposed renaming of the newly-created Konaseema district turned violent, heavy police personnel are deployed in Amalapuram and in the Konaseema district to prevent further agitation and destruction.

In wake of the violent protests, Eluru range DIG Pala Raju and other top officials visited Amalapuram and monitored law and order personally. According to the reports, the situation is under control now.

The Eluru range DGP said, “All those involved in the riots seem to be people from Amalapuram town. Based on CCTV and video footage, we will identify those involved in arson and stone-pelting and take stern action against them.”

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.

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

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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