Saturday, October 1, 2022

Protesters burn Andhra minister’s residence during scuffle over renaming district

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Protesters set fire to the homes of state transport minister Pinipe Vishwaroop and YSR Congress party MLA Ponnada Venkata Satish in Amalapuram town, the district headquarters of Andhra Pradesh’s Konaseema district, over the district’s renaming after Dr B R Ambedkar.

Following a call from Konaseema Sadhana Samithi, thousands of protesters from all over the district gathered in Amalapuram and staged demonstrations at the local Clock Tower Junction, shouting “Konaseema Zilla Muddu, Vere Peru Voddu” (We want Konaseema district, no other name).

When protestors attempted to storm the district collector’s office in the evening, police used lathi-charge to disperse them. The enraged mob attacked the police and pelted them with stones, injuring a few officers.

With the situation rapidly deteriorating, district superintendent of police K S S V Subba Reddy rushed to the scene, accompanied by additional police officers, to quell the mob.

The enraged protestors hurled stones at the SP, who was injured on the head. They also set fire to several vehicles parked on the side of the road.

Hundreds of protestors later stormed the home of transport minister Pinipe Viswaroop in the Kamanagaru area. They threw stones at the house, shattered the windows, and ransacked the furniture. They also caused damage to the minister’s convoy’s escort vehicle.

Even though the minister was not in town, the police relocated the minister’s family members before the protestors attacked the house.

Later, the violent protesters went to the town’s housing board colony and attacked and set fire to the house of Mummidivaram MLA Satish.

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