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Arson in Andhra Pradesh town over renaming district

Transport Minister Pinipe Viswarupu's office attacked and furniture smashed
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Our Bureau, PTI   |   Amalapuram   |   Published 24.05.22, 08:20 PM

Violence broke out in Andhra Pradesh's Amalapuram town on Tuesday afternoon after the police lathi-charged a group of people opposing the proposed renaming of the newly-created Konaseema district as B R Ambedkar Konaseema district.

In the violence, the house of Transport Minister Pinipe Viswarupu was set on fire. The minister and his family were moved to safety by the police.

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A police vehicle and an educational institution's bus were also set on fire. Several policemen were injured by the stones thrown by the protesters.

"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 Konaseema as B R Ambedkar Konaseema district and invited objections, if any, from the people.



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