Andhra minister’s office attacked for renaming Konaseema district after B R Ambedkar


B R Ambedkar | Illustration by Dwijith/Mathrubhumi

Amaravati: Arson broke out in Amalapuram town in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday when police resorted to lathi-charge at people who staged a protest against the proposed renaming of the newly-created Konaseema district as B R Ambedkar Konaseema district, with a number of cops left injured and the state transport minister's office coming under attack during the violence.

Home Minister Taneti Vanitha alleged some political parties and anti-social elements apparently instigated the arson, in which policemen sustained injuries after irate protestors pelted stones following the lathi-charge.

A police vehicle and an educational institution's bus were torched in the town.

The office of Transport Minister Pinipe Viswarupu was also attacked and furniture smashed.

"It is unfortunate that over 20 police personnel sustained injuries in the incident. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and bring the culprits to book," the Home Minister said.

On April 4, the new Konaseema district was carved out of the erstwhile East Godavari.

Last week, the state government issued a preliminary notification seeking to rename it as B R Ambedkar Konaseema district and invited objections, if any, from the people.

In this backdrop, the Konaseema Sadhana Samiti objected to the proposed renaming of the district and wanted the name Konaseema to be retained.

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 all hell broke loose in the otherwise quiet town. PTI

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