Andhra Pradesh man arrested for Facebook post asking Maoist to punish MLA

A man in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district was arrested on Thursday for a Facebook post allegedly asking the Maoists to punish the local MLA. Goriparthi Nagabhushan Yadav was booked under Andhra Pradesh SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and the Indian Penal Code on a complaint made by Pamarru lawmaker Uppuleti Kalpana.

In the complaint filed by Kalpana, she alleged Nagabhushan’s post seemingly abetted extremists to attack her and defaming her reputation. In the posts filed, Kalpana alleged that Yadav made two posts on August 21 and September 23 respectively saying the MLA switched from YSR Congress to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) like she changes sarees.

MLA Siveri Soma and Kidari Sarveswara Rao were ambushed and shot dead by cadre of CPI (Maoist) on September 23 when they were returning from a government programme.  Around 15-20 Maoist stopped their car and surrounded and forced the leaders to get down.

In the Facebook posts, Yadav allegedly asked why Maoists stopped at Araku to kill the defected MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao implying they should have come to Amaravati to tender a similar fate to other defected MLAs. The posts indicate that YSR Congress had a hand in the murder of two MLAs Kalpana told HT.

YSR Congress senior leader and former minister Dharmendra Prasad Rao denied Kalpana’s charge saying the TDP is taking to cheap tactics to gain political mileage.


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