Hyderabad: A man was arrested on Friday for taking a selfie while he cast his vote in Telangana Assembly elections. The voter is identified as Shiv Shankar, and was arrested by the police based on a complaint filed by a polling official in Rajendranagar constituency in Greater Hyderabad.

The election officials said that the man was arrested under the Representation of People's Act for violating the secrecy of voting.
Using mobile phones inside the polling booths is strictly prohibited, and the election authorities have asked voters not to carry mobile phones inside the polling centres.

The Election Commission has cautioned the voters, especially the first-timers against taking selfies inside the polling booths. The officials said the voters were free to take selfies with their inked finger after coming out of the booths.

The polling began on Friday at 7 am and will end at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. However, 13 constituencies, which are identified as affected by Maoist violence, will vote till 4 pm.

With PTI Inputs