Indian police arrest goat for damaging senior bureaucrat’s garden

Published: February 9, 2016
An Indian Muslim vendor handles a goat at a livestock market in Hyderabad on September 22, 2015, ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. PHOTO: AFP

An Indian Muslim vendor handles a goat at a livestock market in Hyderabad on September 22, 2015, ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. PHOTO: AFP

RAIPUR: Police in central India arrested a goat and its owner for repeatedly damaging a senior bureaucrat’s garden, a local official said Tuesday.

Police in Chhattisgarh state sprang into action on Monday, registering a case against the man and his animal for chewing up the district magistrate’s garden.

They were later released on bail but face initial charges of causing mischief and damage to property, said officer Ram Sewak Paikra from Janakpur town in Korea district.

“The goat and the owner were under police custody and are out, as both the sections 427 and 447 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) are bailable offences,” Paikra told AFP.

He said the goat was allegedly a “repeat offender” in Janakpur town, some 340 kilometres (211 miles) north of state capital Raipur.

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Local media were running video footage of the offending — and now tethered — black goat.

Rajesh Paikra, the official’s gardener, herded the captured goat to the local police station on Monday, demanding action.

“After the complaint, the owner of the goat, Abdul Hasan, was also arrested for the alleged crime,” the officer said.

“Since both the sections are bailable offences, Abdul Hasan filed a bond in the police station promising that the animal will not further damage the garden.”

Reader Comments (5)

  • Observer
    Feb 9, 2016 - 7:14PM

    Height of insecurity. Recommend

  • Allah Rukha
    Feb 9, 2016 - 7:39PM

    Are we really different?

    In Pakistan : Ahmadis can be arrested for saying “salaam”, bismillah etc, to others. Shias for just being shias. Similarly other minorities.

    India : Arresting a goat. Recommend

  • nasser
    Feb 9, 2016 - 11:41PM

    @Allah Rukha:
    Nobody nowhere tried to made any comparison hence your question is irrelevant and reflect upon one aspect only…we Indians when faced with an embarrassing situation always try to take refuge in making comparison with Pakistan. And we claim to be a SUPER POWER. Recommend

  • ShamelessIndians
    Feb 10, 2016 - 4:21AM

    @Allah Rukha:
    Really? In your country Muslims get slaughtered for eating Beef. Pranab Mukherjee says that every indian should be ashamed of themselves because of babri masjid incident. Now plz go to indian websites.Recommend

  • NS
    Feb 10, 2016 - 5:29AM

    Good,now the spy pigeon can have a cellmate Recommend

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