Andhra arson: 46 arrested, curfew in district

RAJAHMUNDRY: Police on Wednesday identified 72 suspects in connection with Tuesday’s arson and violence in Amalapuram and other areas of the newly-formed Konaseema district and arrested 46 of them, even as the district administration imposed a curfew as a precautionary measure, reports Samson Raj. An uneasy calm prevailed in Amalapuram town, where a heavy police posse — with over 2,000 cops — remained stationed to maintain law and order. Internet services have also been blocked across the district.

Protests had broken out on Tuesday against the move to rename Konaseema district after Dr BR Ambedkar. Sleuths zeroed in on the suspects based on CCTV footage and past criminal record. Those with rowdy sheets and at least seven cases pending against them were identified. Cops also arrested Anyam Sai, the prime suspect, who allegedly led the arson, in which four houses belonging to transport minister P Viswarup and legislator P Satish Kumar were burnt. Several vehicles were also torched.

Police have so far booked seven cases, while three non-bailable cases have been registered in connection with the burning of three buses.