Goat arrested for ‘illegal break-in’, released on bail in Chhattisgarh

The goat had many times raided into the garden of a judge's bungalow.

| Chhattisgarh | Updated: February 10, 2016 5:59 pm
Picture used for representational purposes (Express photo by Partha Paul) Picture used for representational purposes (Express photo by Partha Paul)

A goat and its owner were taken in police custody in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district, allegedly for trespassing and damaging the property of a judge “despite repeated warnings”. Police officers confirmed the arrest of Abdul Hasan (40), neighbour of judicial magistrate H Ratre in the district’s Janakpur town under sections 447(trespass) and 427(mischief causing damage) and said the goat had been detained too.

Hasan was later let off on bail, officers said. The goat too was released.

Janakpur SHO R S Paikra said the goat often strayed to the bungalow of the magistrate and Hasan, his owner, had been warned several times in this connection. “There was damage to the garden and residents of the bungalow often objected. Even police warned Hasan several times. When the goat kept straying into the judge’s residence, a complaint was filed,” he said.

Surguja IG Dipanshu Kabra said the police followed laid down procedures. “A complaint was filed, which the SHO had to take cognizance of it. The sections of the complaint were of mischief and trespass, which upon investigation were found to be true. So a case was registered and appropriate action was taken. Since the offence is bailable, the accused was later let off,” he said.

Following his arrest, Hasan initially refused bail. Even a warrant was prepared, before senior police officers intervened and he was released on bail after being produced before the tehsildar.

The Congress called the incident a “farce”. “The arrest of a goat is ridiculous. Chhattisgarh police has made fun of themselves. Those accused in serious crimes are roaming free,” said party leader Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.

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  1. R
    Feb 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm
    What nonsense is this? The goat hasnt been "arrested". Its not sitting in jail or facing criminal charges. It is detained as evidence in what is essentially a tresping/illegal grazing case. I know it sounds more fun, but this is just another example of pressution.
    1. Damien Holland
      Feb 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm
      “The ‘arrest’ of a goat is ridiculous. Chhattisgarh police has made fun of themselves by doing so,” Congress leader Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said, adding, “Those accused in rape cases are moving freely”. And there you have it.
      1. G
        Feb 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm
        The language of report is a bit funny, it's not the goat that was arrested rather owner of the goat. In most of these cases, these owners themselves help to the goat to scale the boundary to get a good grazing, instead of walking a long distance. At most of the time owners don't even get a bothering, and even if caught, they get a rap on the knuckle. The best action would be to es how much the goat has eaten out of garden, and make the owner pay 10 times as much, ...
        1. Raju Rachaiah
          Feb 11, 2016 at 6:58 am
          Whom will they arrest in Siliguri's elephant's and Bengaluru's Leopard's tresp, damage to people, property and trauma? Is the arrest of Goat and its owner for tresping a Judicial Officers residence in Chattisgarh, a mockery of our police and judicial system?
          1. S
            Feb 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm
            I scrolled the page twice, to identify if this is Spoof/Satire page
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