Hyderabad: Cybercrime wing of Hyderabad city police have registered a case against a youth for allegedly threatening journalists on social media while being in quarantine at home.
Identified as Sai Kiran Reddy of Neredmet, he had allegedly posted videos on various social media platforms abusing and threatening journalists.
He is reportedly a TRS party worker and a follower of Malkajgiri MLA Mynampali Hanmanth Rao’s son Rohith.
A few days ago, an eighty-year-old man from Sri Nagar at Neredmet was tested positive for COVID 19. While he was shifted to isolation at Gandhi hospital, his son, a retired army officer, and his members were shifted to a quarantine center.
After the incident, a few channels aired news saying that the COVID positive person had distributed food among needy persons and Neredmet police have also taken part in the event.
The news also claimed that the police personnel and participants and those who received food were at risk.
Neredmet police denied the claims that the patient had distributed food and they took part in any such program. Further, they have also registered a case against the news channels.
After this incident, Sai Kiran Reddy, who is also a resident of the area, took to social media and posted a video abusing and threatening journalists. He claimed that the journalists have created panic in the area and people are scared.
He threatened journalists of dire consequences once he is out of the quarantine. In the video, he claimed that the media is not presenting a true picture, while the actual situation is more worrying and dangerous.
P Srinivas, a journalist who came across these videos, approached the Cybercrime wing of Hyderabad. A case under relevant charges of the IPC and the IT act was registered against Sai Kiran Reddy.
Further, complaints were also lodged against him at Neredmet and Malkajgiri police stations, for allegedly inciting violence against journalists and making false claims.
Meanwhile, he shared another video later on Wednesday, apologizing to journalists.