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

After the house of an Andhra Pradesh minister was burnt down in Amalapuram town in Konaseema in Andhra Pradesh and Section 144 was imposed across the district, police said the situation was now under control. However, public transport has been stopped and mobile internet services will remain suspended.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Pala Raju said there was no curfew but police imposed restrictions and security was tightened. More than 500 police have been deployed.

Director General of Police (DGP) KVRN Reddy is also monitoring the situation.

On Tuesday, the homes of Andhra Pradesh Transport Minister Pinipe Viswarup and MLA MP P Satish were set on fire by locals following the renaming of Konaseema district to Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar Konaseema.


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

He also clarified that his party was not responsible for the violence and said “it is not correct to blame the TDP for government failures”.

The national president of the TDP called for peace and tranquility in Konaseema.

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

Strongly condemning the violence caused by the protests against the renaming of Konaseema district to Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema district, Andhra Pradesh Government Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said the decision to rename the district had been taken following the demands of various taking into account the aspirations of the people and added that all political parties had supported him.

“Ambedkar was a great leader and the state government has no political interest in naming a district after him,” Reddy said, adding that “special interests are responsible for the violence and the matter will soon be settled.” .

Stating that “no one is above the law”, the state government criticized Chandrababu Naidu for politicizing the issue.

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