Reportedly on Friday, a lawyer from Kerala’s Malappuram has filed a complaint with the police against BJP leader Maneka Gandhi and others for allegedly indulging in a hate campaign against the district and its residents over the tragic death of a pregnant elephant.
According to a new report by ANI, On Thursday, Subhash Chandran, an advocate from Malappuram, filed a complaint with the district’s superintendent of police seeking the registration of a first information report (FIR) against Maneka Gandhi and others.
The lawyer alleged that former Union minister Maneka Gandhi made false and frivolous allegations against the district of Malappuram and its residents, saying that her campaign was very derogatory.
After the elephant died, Gandhi took to her official Twitter handle and said hat Malapuram is “known for its intense animal activity” and yet authorities did not take any action to curb the menace.
The death of the pregnant elephant, which has since caused an uproar on social media, occurred when she ate a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. According to forest officials, the animal died standing in the River Velliyar after it suffered an injury in its lower jaw.
The elephant was seen standing in the river with her mouth and trunk in the water after the firecracker-filled fruit exploded in her mouth.
Chandran, in his complaint, sought an FIR against Maneka Gandhi and others under Section 153A, 120B etc of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
He said the elephant died on May 29 in Palakkad and not in Malappuram as claimed by a section of social media users.
He said that the tragic death of the animal occurred in Mannarkkad area of Palakkad district, but a group of people deliberately added communal colour into it only to spread hatred against Malappuram, which is a Muslim-majority district in Kerala, as per a news report.
In his complaint, the lawyer also named Tarek Fatah, a political commentator, for allegedly starting a hate campaign against the district and the minority community.