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  • Andhra transport minister's house set on fire
  • Mob angry over district renaming proposal
  • Minister and family moved to safety

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On April 4, the new Konaseema district was carved out of the erstwhile East Godavari.

Violence, vandalism, and arson - as scenes of chaos spread in Andhra Pradesh's Amalapuram, even the house of a state minister wasn't spared.

The house of transport minister Pinipe Visvarupu was reportedly set on fire on May 24 by violent protestors, and police moved the politician and his family to safety.

A police vehicle, and an educational institute's bus were also set on fire. Irate protestors also pelted stones at police personnel.

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The violence broke out when police tried to break up a protest against the proposed renaming of the newly-created Konaseema district.

The district was carved out of erstwhile East Godavari on April 4, and last week the state government proposed renaming it to BR Ambedkar Konaseema district.

A group named Konaseema Sadhana Samiti opposed the move, and planned on submitting a memorandum to the district collector on May 24. Police tried to stop the protest and resorted to lathi-charge, which led to arson and vandalism.

Andhra Home Minister Taneti Vanitha accused some political parties and anti-social elements for instigating violence which injured over 20 police personnel.

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