Kolhapur: Cops invoke Section 4 of Wildlife Act for releasing snake into collector’s office | Kolhapur News

Kolhapur: Municipal Police invoked Section 48(a) of the Wildlife Protection Act 1971 against four unidentified persons who released a snake inside the Kolhapur District Collector’s Office on February 28.
Section 48(a) of the law prohibits anyone from handling wild animals and calls for harsh measures, including imprisonment. A case was registered at Shahupuri Police Station after a complaint was filed by an employee of the District Collector on the instructions of District Collector Rahul Rekhawar.
“We have reviewed all the CCTV footage at the premises of Kolhapur District Collector’s Office. We found four people in the early hours of February 28 releasing the snake. This amounts to a violation of not only the Wildlife Protection Act, but several sections of the Indian Penal Code as well. We are trying to verify the identities of suspects between the ages of 25 and 35,” Police Inspector Rajesh Gawali said.
Farmers protested against the government for a demand for 12-hour electricity supply during the day. According to them, as the electricity is supplied to them at night, the farmers are attacked by reptiles and other wild animals. Many farmers lost their lives in such attacks when they went to irrigate their farms at night.
Apart from the Kolhapur district collector, the protesting farmers also released a snake on the desk of the civil servant of Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) and Sangli collector’s office.