The Telangana police on Thursday arrested two youths from Mandhapally village in Duggondi mandal of Warangal Rural District, for allegedly abusing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, in a video on Facebook.
The accused have been identified as Bhaskar, who hurled the alleged abuses, and Rakesh, who recorded the video.
As the video began spreading on social media, a complaint was lodged by TRS Duggondi mandal president Akula Srinivas.
According to reports, a case has been registed under Section 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC and Section 57 of IT Act.
"They never thought that they would land in trouble for uploading the video. They just wanted some publicity," the police were quoted as saying.
This comes a week after a conductor of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) was suspended from service for posting comments on social media against KCR.
The conductor from Nizamabad-I depot, identified as D Sanjeev, had criticised the government’s policies on Facebook during the Singareni Collieries’ Workers Union election.
Viewing his posts as critical of the government and its policies, vigilance officials wrote a letter to the Nizamabad depot, following which an inquiry was initiated against him.
The conductor was pulled up by vigilance and security officials to explain his actions on October 6, following which they conducted a probe and filed a report that the employee 'misguided the public'.
Following this, the depot manager issued the suspension order.
Sanjeev allegedly wrote that the government would cheat the coal mine workers as it did to the TSRTC employees.
In his posts, he also wrote against the TSRTC for forcing them to work for at least 16 hours without giving an off, the next day.
One of his posts read, “The government claims that it had given Rs 250 crore to the RTC from the GHMC but in reality, the TSRTC did not get even a single paisa.”