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Maneka Gandhi’s NGO website hacked for remarks on Malappuram district


PTI, Jun 5, 2020, 4:39 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The official website of People for Animals (PFA), an animal rights NGO founded by BJP
MP Maneka Gandhi, was hacked on Friday, June 5 by a group of “ethical hackers” over her remarks made on Malappuram district while referring to the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala.

A message on the defaced website read, “Maneka Gandhi dragged the sad death of pregnant elephant for dirty
politics,” with the popular ‘coffin dance’ music playing in the background.

Gandhi has been facing the wrath of Keralites after she tweeted that Malappuram district was known for “its intense
criminal activity,” especially with regard to animals.

“Mallapuram (sic) is known for its intense criminal activity especially with regards to animals.

No action has ever been taken against a single poacher or wildlife killer so they keep doing it. I can only suggest that
you call/email and ask for action,” she tweeted.

The message on the website further said that the incident happened in Palakkad district and “we all know that you
deliberately brought up Malappuram district to spread communally motivated false information targeting Muslim
majority !!!.”

“Your agenda is clear, love for animal is intertwined with hate for Muslims. Spreading false information by a person especially being an ex-minister and a Lok Sabha member is a real threat to the nation and not acceptable,” it read.

Meanwhile, in Malappuram District, a tree was planted by Muslim Youth League state president Munavarali Shihab
Thangal along with the priest of Thripuranthaka temple at the temple premises in a response to the former Union Minister. Thangal, an influential Muslim leader and Manikandan Embrathiri, the temple priest, planted the tree together on the World Environment Day as “a message of secularism” to those who “spread hate” against the district.
“We intend to give out a message of secularism. We named the tree, ‘Maithree’.

“Malappuram has a history of protecting the temples and mosques without any discrimination. That’s why we decided to give out a message of secularism on the World Environment Day,” Thangal told reporters.
CPI(M) state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan claimed that the remarks of BJP national leaders were intended to
“target a particular religious group.”

In a major breakthrough in the case relating to the death of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala, one person was arrested on Friday.

“One person was arrested today. There are more accused in the case and efforts are on to nab them”, Kerala Forest
Minister K Raju told the media.

Forest and police officials are conducting a joint probe into the elephant’s death and a ‘very fruitful investigation’
is going on, he said.

The Kerala Forest Department in a tweet said, “KFD has zeroed in on the culprits and recorded the first arrest in the
wild elephant death case.”

The 15-year-old elephant is suspected to have consumed a pineapple filled with powerful firecrackers, which exploded in the animal’s mouth in the Silent Valley Forest and it died in Velliyar River about a week later.

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