‘She had made offensive remarks against Nagas for eating dog meat’
Dimapur/Mumbai, July 17: The Oshiwara police on Friday arrested animal rights activist Hema Choudhary from her residence in Andheri (West) for allegedly making objectionable remarks against people of Nagaland in a video on social media. She has been handed her over to Nagaland police.
In her videos, Hema Choudhury had lashed out at the people of Nagaland for eating dogs. Her objectionable remarks against the people of Nagaland led to an offence being registered by cyber police station, Kohima.
“On Friday, a Nagaland police team informed us about the case and then went to Choudhary’s residence and arrested her. She will be taken to Nagaland for further probe,” said senior inspector Dayanand Bangar of Oshiwara police station.
“We have arrested her and handed her over to Nagaland police for further investigation as this case is registered with them,” he said.
The first information report (FIR) was registered under sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) and 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 (1) (2) [Punishments for offences of atrocities] of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
“On Friday, a Nagaland police team including deputy superintendent of police and staff approached additional commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Karnik. They informed him about a non bailable warrant against her, and then after his instruction Oshiwara helped them in arresting her,” said an officer from Oshiwara police station.
Following her video, the Government of Nagaland had since banned the commercial import and trading of dogs, prohibited dog markets and sale of dog meat. The Government warned that any person violating the ban will be punished under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act, 1960. Besides these two Acts, the Government had also invoked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Regulation, 2011, specifically sub-regulation 2.5.1(a) which defines animals that are safe for human consumption.
(Page News Service with PTI inputs)