Actress Shruti Ulfat Arrested For Posting Video With Cobra Snake

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Four months after she posed for a picture with a live cobra coiled around her, the mistake has come back to bite actress Shruti Ulfat, who was arrested by the Thane Forest department yesterday.

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Confirming the arrest, Range Forest officer Santosh Kank said, “We have arrested actress Shruti Ulfat along with 3 others for posing with a cobra and posting the images and videos online in October 2016. They were produced before the Borivli court and have been kept in custody of the Thane range. A CD with the images and videos was sent to the forensic lab and it has been proved that a live snake was used for shooting purposes.”

As it happens, Shruti was shooting for the TV series, ‘Nagarjuna – Ek Yoddha’, which is based on the mythical Naag Lok which is a part of Hindu puranas and epics like the Mahabharata. The three others who were arrested are Nitin Solanki, Utkarsh Bali and Pearl Puri, who are part of the production team for the TV show.

 

On October 17, 2016, Shruti had posted pictures on Instagram, in which she is seen posing with an Indian Spectacled Cobra wrapped around her hands and neck. The reptile is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, under which it is an offence to use a live cobra for shooting or post pictures with it.

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Activist Sunish Subramanian Kanju from PAWS Mumbai had complained to the Mumbai Range of the Thane Forest department (territorial) after he saw the actress’ pictures. Kanju had also complained to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Maharashtra.

First, the production team said the Cobra in actress’ hand is a special effects. Then officials send the video to Kalina forensic lab for testing. According to the reports of Jaunary 17, it is said that the snake visible in the video is real.On the bases of reports the notice was sent to the actress and a primary offense report (POR) filed.

On Wednesday,  Shruti Ulfat and both production manager were summoned for questioning, in which they accepted that the Cobra which is shown in video was real. All were taken to the court, and send them for one day custody. 

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