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Andhra Pradesh minister’s home set ablaze as violence erupts over renaming of Konaseema district

State minister P Viswarup and his household had been moved to security by the police. At least 20 police personnel have been injured within the violence

Violence gripped Andhra Pradesh’s Amalapuram city on 24 May, 2022. News18

Violence gripped Andhra Pradesh’s Amalapuram city after indignant protesters set ablaze a minister’s home over the renaming of the newly-created Konaseema district as BR Ambedkar Konaseema district.

A police car and an academic establishment’s bus had been additionally torched.

According to News18, Section 144 has been imposed within the city.

State minister P Viswarup and his household had been moved to security by the police. NDTV reported. Over 20 police personnel have been injured because the mob pelted stones in the course of the unrest.

Viswarup’s was not the one home that was focused. indignant mobs additionally set on hearth MLA Ponnada Satish’s home in Konaseema district.

“The local people and all political parties demanded the Konaseema district be renamed as Ambedkar Konaseema district. In this context, the Ambedkar Konaseema district was recently renamed. Dr BR Ambedkar was a great genius, the founder of the Indian Constitution, the Bharat Ratna, and he was an inspiration to many. It is painful to oppose the naming of a district after such a great man,” ANI quoted Andhra Pradesh residence minister Taneti Vanitha as saying.

The minister added folks ought to perceive that the district identify was modified on the behest of individuals’s needs, whereas some are nonetheless intentionally making an attempt to create riots.

She additionally warned that motion shall be taken in opposition to the conspirators who began the protest within the district.

Konaseema: the district on the middle of the unrest

On 4 April, the brand new Konaseema district was carved out of the East Godavari district. Last week, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh authorities issued a preliminary notification searching for to rename Konaseema as BR Ambedkar Konaseema district.

The transfer was opposed by Konaseema Sadhana Samiti who wished the previous identify to be retained.

The Samiti organised a protest in opposition to the renaming on Tuesday.

With inputs from businesses

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