Andhra Pradesh: Violent protest over renaming of district, minister's house burnt

New Delhi: 

Violence is reported from Amalapuram in Andhra Pradesh. During the protest, people torched the house of Transport Minister P Vishwaroop. Protests against the renaming of Konaseema district turned violent on Tuesday. The arson took place in Amalapuram town when the police lathi-charged those people. 

In fact, the protesters had demanded a protest near the District Collector’s office, which was proposed to be renamed as BR Ambedkar Konseema district, the newly created Konaseema district. 

When the protesters allegedly pelted stones at policemen and damaged public properties. 

When the situation got out of control with the police, the police resorted to lathi-charge in retaliation.

On 4 April, the new Konaseema district was carved out of the erstwhile East Godavari. Last week, the state government issued a preliminary notification demanding renaming of Konaseema district to BR Ambedkar Konseema district, to which people objected.

State Home Minister Taneti Vanitha said, “It is unfortunate that more than 20 policemen have been injured in the incident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and arrest the culprits.” 

Vanitha alleged that some political parties and anti-social elements apparently instigated the arson.

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