The police registered a case and identified the accused from his IP address and the man, a native of Visakhapatnam district, has been arrested.

Andhra man held for alleged objectionable FB post on Home Minister SucharithaImage: Facebook/Mekathoti Sucharitha
news Controversy Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 08:00

The Andhra Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested a young man for posting allegedly objectionable content about state Home Minister M Sucharitha on Facebook.

The man, identified as Ramu, was arrested by the Guntur town police after a citizen lodged a complaint against him.

According to the police, one Ashok Kumar had lodged a complaint over a disrespectful and obscene post on Facebook about the Home Minister. The post about her was made from the account of one Ram Maharaj.

The police registered a case and identified the accused from his IP address. The man, a native of Visakhapatnam district, has been arrested. 

This is far from the first incident in Andhra Pradesh as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government had also arrested several people for posting allegedly objectionable content on social media. It now seems that the YSRCP is also doing the same.

In January this year, the Hyderabad police arrested a man for posting obscene material on social media against YSRCP President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's sister Y S Sharmila.

Central Crime Station (CCS) personnel arrested P Venkatesh in Guntur. A native of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh, the accused was a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student at a private college in Guntur. He was brought to Hyderabad and booked under section 509 of Indian Penal Code (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and section 67 of Information Technology Act (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form).

Sharmila, the daughter of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy met Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on January 14, urging him to act against those maligning her on the social media. She then lodged a complaint against websites that were posting false information about her on social media. 

IANS inputs

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