Vijayawada: TDP national president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed shock over the untimely death of Visakhapatnam-based social media activist Nalanda Kishore.

Naidu blamed the YSRCP government for ‘causing’ the death by putting the 65-year-old activist to harassment and mental torture. “It was only because of the false cases filed by the police that Kishore took it to his heart and died,” he said.

In a statement released, Naidu condemned what he described as ‘inhuman activities of the ruling party’. He conveyed his condolences and deep sympathies to the bereaved family members.

The TDP chief accused the government and the police of implicating Kishore in false cases just for filing some posts on social media. Though an elderly person, Kishore was arbitrarily arrested and taken by road through the district for hundreds of kilometres. He was facing a greater threat from Covid-19 because of his age but the police did not care about this.

Naidu demanded that the government take responsibility for the death of the social media activist. He was moved to different police stations and was subjected to a lot of mental and physical harassment. It was because of this, Kishore was deeply pained and hurt, Naidu added.

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