Fierce clashes in Andhra against renaming of newly created district

Fierce clashes and arson broke out in Andhra Pradesh’s Amalapuram city on Tuesday as protesters rallied against the government’s move to rename the newly created Konaseema district after Dr B R Ambedkar.

The protesters set fire to the house of ruling YSRCP MLA from Mummidivaram, P Satish, and also burnt furniture kept outside Transport Minister P Viswarup’s home, police said.

Konaseema SP K Subba Reddy said the protesters also set fire to police vehicles and buses.

The violence on Tuesday broke out after thousands of protestors tried to barge into the district collector’s complex.

As police used batons and fired into the air to disperse the crowd, the protesters responded by pelting stones.