Visakhapatnam: A fierce protest was held in Amalapuram on Tuesday (24 May 2022) against the renaming of Konaseema district of Andhra Pradesh. Violent mob set ablaze the houses of state Transport Minister P Vishwaroopa and Mummidivaram MLA P Satheesh. They also pelted stones at the police and torched many vehicles. According to media reports, the violent mob was protesting against renaming the district as BR Ambedkar Konaseema.
State's ruling party YSR Congress has blamed anti-social elements for this violence. The opposition parties have accused the Jaganmohan Reddy government of failing to control the situation. The state's main opposition parties Telugu Desam Party (TDP), BJP, Jana Sena and Congress have attacked the government for failing to control the situation in Amalapuram. TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu has said in a statement that, 'It is unfortunate that the arson in Konaseema is known for peace. The Home Minister made baseless allegations on a serious issue. This is a complete failure of the government and the police.
At the same time, State Home Minister T Vanitha has said that about 20 policemen were injured in stone pelting by the mob. Protesters set a school bus on fire. In view of this, Section 144 has been imposed in Amalapuram. Additional police force has been sent to bring the situation under control. Eluru Range Deputy Inspector General of Police G Pala Raju has said that the police are trying to control the situation in Amalapuram. He said the injured policemen were out of danger.
The video of the arson that took place in Amalapuram on May 24 is becoming increasingly viral on social media. MLA P Satish told that, it was very scary. A mob of 1000 to 1500 people came and set our house on fire. They were carrying petrol in bottles. This clearly indicates that all this has been done intentionally. The Jagan government had promised new districts during the 2019 assembly elections. Last April, the government had announced the formation of 13 new districts, after which the number of districts in the state has increased to 26. Under this announcement, Konaseema was formed separately from East Godavari district. Recently its name was changed to BR Ambedkar Konaseema. Local people are protesting about this. He says that the name of the district should not be changed.