At a time when Opposition leader and YSRCP chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s walkathon entered the city on Saturday, supporters of the party spread a video on Facebook and Whatsapp falsely accusing the city police of assaulting motorists on the way to the walkathon.
Two cases were registered against the administrators of the Facebook pages by the Surya Rao Pet and Satyanarayana Puram police stations.
The video which shows about eight policemen caning three motorcycle riders was actually shot during the Bharat Bandh at Uttar Pradesh, according to the police. It has been shared on multiple pages supporting Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy with a caption that reads: “Police assault against innocent people heading to Jagan’s meeting in Vijayawada following the warrant by China Babu.”
Several other pages including ‘Jagan Sainyam’, ‘Jagan Kosam Janam’ and others posted on Facebook. The page named ‘Ravindranathareddy Kamalapuram YSRCP’ captioned the video saying “these fellows will have a tragic death.”
“Following the complaint given by Special Branch Inspector G. Yuva Kumar, we have filed a case against the administrators for trying to create disharmony, rumouring against officers and other charges,” Surya Pet inspector M. Satyanarayana told The Hindu. The sections under which the unidentified administrators were booked include 153(a), 505, 469 and 471 of IPC.
Mr. Satyanarayana said that the Cyber cell is investigating the origin of false accusation and prima facie it is believed the page ‘The Leader’ has shared the video and caption.
However, sources said three persons managing the said page have been identified.