Hyderabad: The niece of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy – Suneetha Narreddy – has lodged a complaint with the Cyberabad Police Commissionerate here against death threats against her on Facebook.
Her complaint notes that Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter Y.S. Sharmila who was recently appointed president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee, has also been on the receiving end of death threats.
The action has led rumours to strengthen about Suneetha and Sharmila joining hands in the upcoming polls.
‘Habitual offender’ takes to Facebook
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crimes) at the commissionerate Shilpa Valli said a case has been registered and the assistance of Facebook sought to identify the Internet Protocol address from which the posts were made.
In her complaint on February 2, Suneetha said that in the past few days one particular Facebook account had been posting grossly offensive, obnoxious and instigating items against her, her cousin Y. S. Sharmila and the latter’s mother Y. S. Vijayamma.
On January 29, she had visited Sharmila at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh to pay tributes to the memorial of Rajasekhara Reddy. This was reported in the media, upon which one of her well wishers sent her a Facebook post.
On opening it, she came to know that it was from a handle of one Varra Ravindra Reddy. It contained a video of her and Sharmila.
The post read, “The elders have said that the enemies should not be spared. They should be killed. It will be useful for this election”.
The video showed Suneetha and Sharmila walking into YSR Ghat.
Suneetha also wrote in the complaint that she had been pursuing the investigation into the murder of her father Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy ever since the incident in March 2019. There had been threats to her life previously and the same was brought to the notice of police and the CBI on several occasions, she said.
Posts by Ravindra Reddy were often vulgar, filled with abusive language, incited others to commit heinous acts against the cousins and Vijayamma, Suneetha wrote in the complaint.
Suneetha also said in the complaint that she had learnt that Ravindra was a habitual offender and multiple complaints were raised against him for abusing women. She alleged that there was no action taken against him because of his close association with the ruling YSR Congress government headed by Sharmila’s brother, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
He also had several disparaging YouTube interviews attacking her section of the family, Suneetha said, noting that such posts are just the beginning.
In one of the posts highlighted by Suneetha, Ravindra wrote, “Kill them, elder brother,” in an ostensible appeal to CM Jagan, who is popular among YSR Congress supporters as Jagan anna (elder brother).
The posts also alluded to Sharmila’s caste – which is frequently used by YSR Congress supporters to attack her. Sharmila is married to an Evangelist Christian, Brother Anil Kumar. Anil was born into a Brahmin family and converted to Christianity.
Talks are rife that Suneetha is looking to contest the coming assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh from Pulivendula constituency in Kadapa district, on a Telugu Desam Party ticket. After her appearance with Sharmila recently, it is also rumoured that she might join the Congress.
Party leaders Rahul Gandhi and K.C. Venugopal are among those who condemned the threats.
“Insulting and threatening women, a vile and cowardly act, is unfortunately the most common weapon of the weak. Congress party and I stand firmly beside Y S Sharmila ji and Suneetha ji and strongly condemn this disgraceful attack,” Rahul Gandhi wrote.
Incidentally, Supreme Court lawyer Sidharth Luthra is counsel for both Suneetha and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu in different cases. While Suneetha is contesting the interim bail granted to Kadapa MP Y. S. Avinash Reddy in the murder of her father Vivekananda Reddy, Naidu had moved the apex court over his arrest in Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation scam.
Avinash Reddy and his father Bhaskar were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the murder but the former was released immediately afterwards on bail granted by the Telangana high court. Suneetha had challenged the bail and, after quite a few proceedings, her case is now scheduled to be heard in April.
On the other hand, Sharmila has stepped up her campaign against her brother Jagan in the run up to the elections and even led a dharna in New Delhi on February 5.