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Report sought on Jharkhand DGP posing with snake around neck

IANS  |  Ranchi 

The Principal Chief of Forest (PCCF) - Wildlife has sought a report on state DGP D. K.

Pandey reportedly posing with a live snake around his neck.

Local newspapers had published a photograph showing the DGP wearing a saffron dress on Maha Shivaratri and coiling a snake around his neck, like Lord

Reacting to the media reports, PCCF-Wildlife Lal Ratnakar Singh has asked the officials of the Forest Department to find out whether the of Police (DGP) actually held the snake around his neck.

"As per the provisions of forest laws, keeping snakes is prohibited. If anyone is found violating the law, he could be arrested and there is a provision of three years' jail," said a to IANS.

In Jharkhand, two persons have been arrested in the past on similar grounds.

Interacting with media persons, the top confirmed that he had sought a report from his department's officials.

Of late, the DGP has been embroiled in controversies due to several reasons. The opposition parties had vociferously demanded his removal in the assembly during the recently concluded budget session, claiming the Bakoria gunbattle of 2015 in which 11 Maoists were killed, was fake.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:34 IST
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