Chhattisgarh: Goat detained for damaging judge’s garden

  • Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times, Raipur
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2016 22:22 IST
A goat was arrested along with the owner for venturing into a magistrate’s garden and damaging it, in Chhattisgarh. (HT Photo)

A goat was detained along with its owner at Janakpur in Koriya district, north Chhattisgarh by the police after the domesticated animal entered the garden of a judicial magistrate’s house.

The police slapped various sections of Indian Penal Code against the owner Abdul Hassan on Monday because the goat ate some plants and vegetation, damaging the magistrate’s garden.

The Janakpur police station in charge RS Paikra told Hindustan Times that an FIR has been lodged against the owner of the goat after the gardener of the judicial magistrate filed a complaint.

The IPC section 427 (commits mischief and causes loss or damage to amount of rupees 50 and above) and section 447 (commits criminal trespass) were slapped by the police on Hassan.

“Bail has been granted to Hassan who was produced before the court on Tuesday for being a repeat offender,” Paikra said.

A police officer, not willing to be quoted said, “As the incident was connected with the magistrate HK Ratre so it can’t be ignored. The goat for the first time ventured into the garden on February 6 and again on Monday, which apparently didn’t go to the liking of the magistrate.”

Hassan was earlier instructed by the police to monitor his domesticated animal. “But he appeared reckless and a repeat offender. Both Hassan and goat were detained on Monday after the FIR was lodged,” Paikra said.

Hassan apologised for the “wrong” committed by his goat. “I was unaware about it and feel sorry,” he said in his defence.

Koriya superintendent of police BS Dhruv said the accused was booked under bailable offences.

Social media was abuzz with news of the incident with many expressing their sympathy for the goat. “The goat is ignorant about the Indian laws. We pray it would be pardoned by the judge. When any powerful officer feels offended, the police acts differently, Jai Ho”, a tweet read.

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