Chicken-spat lands in court in Chhattisgarh

Thanks to a dispute between two villagers over a chicken's death, the chicken landed at the postmortem table, reports Ejaz Kaiser.
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Published on Mar 02, 2007 12:36 PM IST
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None | ByEjaz Kaiser, Raipur

Believe it or not. Its incredible but true. Chickens usually end up in cooking pots but this particular fowl landed on a postmortem table, thanks to the dispute between two villagers over its death.

According to police sources, Khooblal who resides in Dhamtari, 80 kilometers from the state capital Raipur, was accused of hitting a chicken crossing the road, while riding his motorbike. The impact of the motorbike killed the chicken instantly. On seeing his bird lying dead on the road, an angry Khemchand who was nearby, accosted the mobike rider and demanded money from the accused 'killer'.

Within no time, the two entered into a raging verbal duel with Khemchand demanding money for the dead fowl and Khooblal vociferously denying that he was not in the wrong and that he had taken all precautions, but the ill-fated fowl had itself dashed against the mobike. Khooblal claimed that he was not driving his bike fast and he had consistently blown the horn. So he cannot be blamed for the bird's death.

Soon tempers ran high and both of them landed at the Dhamtari police station, where after filing an FIR, the police decided to send the chicken to the district veterinary hospital for a postmortem to determine the cause of death.

Later, the Station House Officer of Dhamtari police station BR Sinha told Hindustan Times that the postmortem was necessary to prove whether the chicken died due to collision with the motorcycle or it was some other reason. "The postmortem report said that the 'hard and blunt mark' was detected on the body of the deceased chicken indicating that the motorcycle had hit the bird and consequently it was killed", said Sinha.

When all efforts of the police staff to patch up the dispute failed, the case finally landed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate of the district and session court of Dhamtari. The case would be heard after the Holi festival, according to the court.

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