The Andhra Pradesh police on Thursday arrested a village volunteer in Kurnool, for posting allegedly objectionable content about CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his family.
The accused, 26-year-old V Hari Prasad, was a newly recruited village volunteer (VV) and working in Midthur of Kurnool district.
According to local police authorities, Hari Prasad posted and circulated derogatory photos with comments on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
Arrests over objectionable remarks and comments are not new in the state of Andhra Pradesh, under both TDP and the current YSRCP regime.
Speaking to TNM, SI Midthur, K Gopinath, said, "The accused Hari Prasad, allegedly made several objectionable comments on CM and his family members, and local YSRCP leader Lokesh Reddy has lodged a complaint with evidences."
He further added, "During our investigation, he confessed to having made such remarks. We have registered a case under IPC Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 500 (punishment for defamation) along with sections of IT Act 67."
Police have remanded him to judicial custody in Kurnool. According to officials, the accused is said to have claimed that he is a fan of Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan.
Earlier in July, a man from Visakhapatnam was arrested for making obscene comments on Home Minister Sucharitha. Later in August, a character artiste was also arrested by Vijayawada police for allegedly making videos with false claims in which he flayed CM Jagan and Minister Anil Kumar Yadav for not doing enough for farmers during Krishna floods, while portraying himself as a farmer. In similar incidents, two youths of Chilakllu in Krishna district were also arrested.
In the first week of October, Mangalagiri police had arrested a Jana Sena activist over a social media post. Vasa Srinivasa Rao from Bethampudi, Guntur district, was arrested for posting a 9-minute video on YouTube in which he allegedly disrespected and abused Jagan. At the time, Jana Sena Party had alleged "political vendetta" against its cadres.
Months before the general elections, in January, the Hyderabad's Central Crime Station (CCS) police had arrested a man for posting obscene material on social media against Jaganâ€™s sister Y S Sharmila.