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Police questioning of youth sparks protest

Police questioning of youth sparks protest
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Jadcherla police took a youth, who hailed from Ranga Reddy Guda village under Raipur mandal, for interrogation basing on a complaint that he had...

Mahbubnagar: Jadcherla police took a youth, who hailed from Ranga Reddy Guda village under Raipur mandal, for interrogation basing on a complaint that he had posted derogatory remarks on Health Minister C Laxma Reddy. The police grilled him for over six hours in police station before releasing him at 10 pm on Wednesday.

According to police, a youth, named Prashant Reddy had allegedly posting some derogatory remarks against the Health Minister in a bid to defame Laxma Reddy. Over this, the youth wing of TRS party members filed a complaint in Jadcherla police station. Based on the complaint, the Jadcherla police summoned Prashant Reddy and questioned him over the derogatory and misleading postings on the Facebook.

When contacted, Circle inspector Balaraju said that based on the complaint from members the TRS youth wing, the police booked a case under section 509 (Causing Enmity between two groups and causing harm to the peaceful and tranquillity among the people).

“We received a complaint from TRS youth wing from Jadcherla and based on the complaint we had summoned Prashant Reddy and counselled him. He said he had posted the remarks without giving a thought to it. He promised not to post such derogatory or disrespectful remarks in future,” informed the Circle Inspector.

However, Anirudh Reddy, a social worker from Ranga Reddy Gudem, approached Superintendent of police, alleged that the police had committed excesseson the youth. While addressing a press conference, Anirudh Reddy said that the youth is actively participating in social work and has been supporting the cause of poor people.

“We have dug more than 50 borewells for providing drinking water to the poor villagers by spending our own money and Prashant Reddy and other youth are actively participating. But Laxma Reddy is not able to digest our good work and is trying to create hurdles and resorting to threatening tactics to demoralise us,” alleged Anirudh Reddy.

Anybody is free to air their views unless and until it does not hurt others. However, the people in power are using their political clout and suppressing the voices of the people which is not a good thing, observed Achuta Reddy, High court lawyer.

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