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#66AFail: Student arrested for Facebook post about Cyclone Hudhud; cc @rsprasad

A student was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh CID for posting that the Cyclone Huhud, which hit parts of Andhra Pradesh earlier this month, for stating that the cycle was good, and natures way of punishing those who did not vote for the YSR Congress Party, reports the Hindu. The student has been booked under Section 66A and sections 66-A (b) of IT Act and 153 of the IPC. We couldn't locate the press release cited in the report on the Andhra CID's outdated website, which quotes AP CID Additional DGP, Dwarakal Tirumala Rao as saying that the student "was arrested as he tried to cause disaffection among people by his facebook posts". This case illustrates the issue with the draconian IT Act (2008), which states: 66 A Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc. Any person who sends,…

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