Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh director-general of police, D. Gautam Sawang, on 15 January announced that 17 TDP and four BJP members have been booked for spreading false propaganda related to temple attacks in the state.

The DGP released details of nine cases of temple attacks in Andhra Pradesh that was investigated by the newly-formed Special Investigation Team (SIT) where leaders and members of political parties were involved in spreading false information to disrupt communal harmony in the state.

Mr. Sawang said that of the 21 persons from BJP and TDP who have been booked, 15 were arrested in various places in the state. Of the 15 arrested, 13 are from TDP and two from BJP while the other six are absconding, he added.

The DGP further said that the accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and section 120B of the IPC (criminal conspiracy). He also said that some people deliberately started a conspiracy to disrupt communal harmony and create tension in the state. The police will take severe action against those involved in creating unrest by hurting the religious sentiments of people on social media, he said.

In a case related to false propaganda registered under Badvel rural police station limits in Kadapa district, B. Subba Reddy, a TDP supporter, allegedly garlanded slippers to a Hanuman idol in Kondalaveedu village.

The investigation revealed that Subba Reddy's father Nagi Reddy sold his land to the YSRCP government for the distribution of house site pattas to the poor. In order to acquire his land, he hatched a plan to garland slippers to the idol.

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