Konaseema district renaming row: Mobile internet services cut, Sec 144 in place

After an Andhra Pradesh minister’s house was set ablaze in Amalapuram town of Andhra Pradesh’s Konaseema and Section 144 was imposed throughout the district, police said that the situation is now under control. However, public transport has been stopped and mobile internet services will remain suspended.

Range Deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Pala Raju, said that there was no curfew but police have imposed restrictions and security has been increased. More than 500 police personnel have been deployed.

Director General of police (DGP) KVRN Reddy is also keeping a watch on the situation.

On Tuesday, the homes of Andhra Pradesh transport minister Pinipe Viswarup and MLA P Satish were set ablaze by locals over the renaming of Konaseema district as Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar Konaseema.


Meanwhile, reacting to Tuesday’s arson, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, Chandrababu Naidu, called the Konaseema tensions “unfortunate.”

He also clarified that his party had no hand behind the violence and said that, “It is not correct to blame the TDP for government failures.”

The TDP national president called for peace and tranquillity in Konaseema.

“It was wrong on the part of the home minister to make baseless allegations on a sensitive issue,” said Naidu, and blamed the police for the tensions in the peaceful Konaseema region.

Strongly condemning the violence caused due to the protests against changing the name of Konaseema district to Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema district, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, advisor to the Government of Andhra Pradesh said the decision to rename the district was taken in the wake of demands from various organisations considering the aspirations of the people and added that all the political parties had supported it.

“Ambedkar was a great leader and the state government doesn’t have any political interests in naming a district after him,” Reddy said and added, “vested interests are responsible for the violence and the issue will be settled down soon.”

Asserting that “No one is above the law,” the state government slammed Chandrababu Naidu for politicising the issue.


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