Mumbai-based animal rights activist, Hema Chowdhary, who was arrested by the Nagaland Police in Mumbai on July 17, was brought to Nagaland on July 20.
SP (Crime) Manoj Kumar informed that accused Chowdhary posted a video on YouTube and Facebook on July 4, in which, “The said person has made derogatory statements against the Nagas conducting to public mischief and also promoting enmity between different groups of people, which is pre-judicial to maintenance of harmony.”
The video whipped up a barrage of complaints against her resulting in a number of FIRs calling for her arrest. The Cyber Crime Police Station has registered a case under various sections of the IPC, and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Hema was brought to Imphal by flight from Mumbai via Delhi. From Imphal, she was taken to Kohima by road. Upon reaching the Nagaland capital, Chowdhary along with other police officials, who had accompanied her, were taken straight to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) where a team of doctors and nurses conducted tests for COVID-19 and other necessary medical formalities.
All standard operating protocols as per the guidelines issued by state Health & Family Welfare department relating to COVID-19 pandemic were being adhered to, the police official stated.