Massive protests over renaming of district in Andhra, minister's house burnt, 20 cops also injured

MLA house set ablaze in Andhra 20 police injured: There was a huge protest in Andhra Pradesh over the renaming of Konaseema district. The protesters set a minister's house on fire and pelted stones at the police, injuring 20 policemen.

New Delhi: The local people staged a massive protest against the renaming of Konaseema district. Protesters set a minister's house on fire. According to the news of ANI, at least 20 policemen are reported to have been injured in the violent clash between the protesters and the police. Recently Jagan Mohan Reddy's government had announced to change the name of Konaseema district to Dr B R Ambedkar Konaseema district. The protesters are objecting to the renaming of this district and are talking of continuing with the old name.


Raid on minister's office

In view of the massive protests, Section 144 was imposed in Andhra Pradesh in the city of Amalapuram. The protesters started protesting in front of the district collector's office. After the crowd became uncontrollable, the police started lathi-charge. After this, the protesters started pelting stones at the police in which 20 policemen were injured. Not only this, the protesters set a bus of educational institutions on fire. Protesters also stormed the office of state Transport Minister Pinipe Vishwaroop. Accusing some political parties and anti-social elements, State Home Minister Taneti Vanitha said, it is very unfortunate that 20 policemen have been injured in this incident. We are getting this incident investigated and expressing our resolve to bring the culprits to the court of justice.


Why did the ruckus start?

New Konaseema district was carved out of West Godavari district on 4 April. Last week, the government of YS Jaganmohan Reddy issued a preliminary notice to rename Konaseema district to BR Ambedkar Konaseema. Objections were sought from the general public on this. In this context, the Konaseema Sadhana Samiti objected to the change of name. The committee demanded to retain the old name. After this, the committee had called for a protest today and had planned to hand over the draft letter to the District Collector Himanshu Shukla. Meanwhile, the police tried to stop the protesters on their way to the collector's office, but the protesters became uncontrollable and the situation got out of control. In this there was a violent clash between the police and the protesters.