Andhra Pradesh police on Thursday arrested a 24-year-old software engineer from Hyderabad for posting a video on TikTok, a short cell video application, allegedly making abusive remarks against YSR Congress birthday celebration lawmaker Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy.
According to Telugu Desam Party social media wing coordinator, K Naga Sravan, the police from Macherla in Guntur district picked up Avinash Chowdary Dhulipalla, working for a multinational company, from his residence at Kukatpally in Hyderabad in the early hours.
“They didn’t even inform his dad and mom as to who they were and the place they had been taking him to. Later, we came to be aware of that the Macherla police arrested him following a complaint from the MLA’s followers,” Sravan instructed Hindustan Times.
Reddy’s automobile was once vandalised via agitated farmers of Amaravati at Chinna Kakani village on Tuesday as phase of their countrywide motorway blockade against the proposed shifting of the capital to Visakhapatam.
Reddy, who represents Macherla meeting constituency, later held a press convention and accused TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu of masterminding the attack on his car.
On Wednesday, Dhulipalla, supposed to be a TDP sympathiser, posted the video on TikTok, attacking the MLA in abusive language for making derogatory remarks in opposition to Naidu. He stated the MLA had no stature to criticise the TDP president.
Following a grievance from the YSRC birthday party unit in Macherla, the police swooped down on Dhulipalla’s house in Hyderabad and took him to the police station. “He was taken from Macherla to Veldurthy, the native region of the YSRC MLA, where he was beaten indiscriminately by the police and the MLA’s followers,” Sravan said.
Following the intervention of the attorneys engaged through the TDP, the police introduced Dhulipalla returned to Macherla, the place he was once launched on bail and dropped at Nagarjunasagar on the borders of Telangana, Sravan said.
When contacted, Macherla city inspector G Rajeshwar Rao admitted that the man was once arrested following a complaint from the birthday celebration leaders in the town. “We booked a case against him beneath Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation), without various sections beneath the Information Technology Act,” the inspector said.
He, however, denied of subjecting Dhulipalla to torture. “We solely questioned him and released him on bail, as it is a bailable offence,” he said.
TDP ordinary secretary Nara Lokesh strongly condemned the arrest of Dhulipalla. He stated the arrest was an infringement on the freedom of expression of social media activists and warned that the police would have to pay penalty for slapping false cases on TDP sympathisers.