The Andhra Pradesh police has on Friday morning arrested a person for posting content on social media that is critical of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his son and minister Nara Lokesh.
Inturi Ravi Kiran has been active on social media with his page 'Political Punch' that regularly posts satirical videos, cartoons and other content that is mostly about deriding the Naidu family, apart from mocking the TDP government's decisions and actions.
The Naidu government has been mulling a regulatory mechanism to control such social media content which, it opines, is supported by the opposition YSRCP and is unduly critical of his administration.
After becoming the IT minister in his father's cabinet a few days back, Lokesh is said to have suggested to the ministers to complian to police against posts targetting them personally or professionally.
However, more than any other minister, it is Lokesh, who, with his regular gaffes and poor oratory skills, has become the popular subject for the social media memes.
Though the police have not confirmed the arrest, Sujana, wife of Kiran, is quoted by Sakshi (a Telugu paper run by YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy) as saying that her husband was picked up by the Police in the wee hours from outskirts of Hyderabad and was taken to an undisclosed location.