Amalapuram Violence: Why Followers of Minister Were Booked?

Tue Jun 14 2022 15:46:03 GMT+0530 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh will never forget the dark episode of the Amalapuram riots that had rocked the state earlier last month. The angry protestors turned aggressive and damaged a few properties and set the residences of two ruling party MLAs on fire making them run for their lives. Not just two Telugu states, the issue made the entire nation look at Amalapuram.

Amalapuram which is known for pleasant weather and many sceneries did not see any violent protests to this level in the past. Contrary to its image, the town reported violent protests against the Andhra Pradesh government's decision to rename the Konaseema district.

As a sensational development, the cops filed a case against four of the followers of Minister Pinipe Viswarup in connection with the case. As per the information shared by one of the accused in the case, the followers of the Minister were booked who are absconding.

Since the issue came to light, there is an opinion that the local level leaders might also be involved in this and they might have also played a role in this. Adding fuel to this, one of the accused reportedly named the other accused in the case. To see if the allegations are true or not, the four accused were added to the accused list in the case.

As part of the investigation in the case, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) K.V. Rajendranath Reddy visited Amalapuram town and visited the properties that were damaged in the violent attack. Speaking to the media, the DGP said that the manhunt to arrest the remaining accused is underway.

Earlier last month, violent protests were held in Amalapuram to oppose the government's call on renaming the Konaseema district after Ambedkar. Not happy with this, a few organizations which are against the decision hit the road and created havoc in the town.

Besides damaging a few public properties like buses, the angry mob set the house of an MLA and state Cabinet Minister on fire. After escaping unhurt, the Minister thanked the cops and said that if not for the cops, he and his family would have not been alive today.