Kerala police registered an FIR against Maneka Gandhi due to her communal remarks

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Kerala police have registered a case against BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, after she made false statements based on the killing of a pregnant elephant in the state, which has turned into a communal issue.

Here are five components of the story:

  • Malappuram district police chief Abdul Karim IPS said that a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered under section 153 of the Indian Penal Code – wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause a riot. 
  • The former Union Minister had claimed in a video that the elephant was ‘fed a pineapple filled with a bomb’. Malappuram police have received seven complaints against Maneka Gandhi, and according to the Palakkad SP, the FIR was registered based on a complaint by a person named Jaleel. 
  • The FIR comes amid Gandhi’s communal remarks that were made when an elephant died in Mallapuram.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also condemned the attempts to communalize the killing of the pregnant elephant.
  • Kareem and Riyazuddin, suspected to be the owners of the estate – are absconding while Wilson who works in an estate in Palakkad has been arrested.
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