Hyderabad,: Can animals additionally commit crimes? The reply of Telangana Police seems to be within the affirmative as they “arrested” two goats for grazing on saplings planted by a NGO.
The weird incident occurred in Huzurabad city of Karimnagar district after the activists on Tuesday caught the culprits’ “red-handed” and handed them to police. The goats had been dropped at the police station and tied to a pole within the premises.
Police Inspector Vasamshetty Madhavi instructed IANS that the goats had been launched after their proprietor paid a Rs 1,000 penalty to municipal authorities on Wednesday.
The police took the motion on a grievance by activists of ‘Save the Trees’ that goats grazed about 150 saplings planted on the premises of a government-run hospital.
The police official, nevertheless, clarified that it was not an arrest as there is no such thing as a part within the Indian Penal Code to arrest or punish animals.
“We handed over the goats to the owner after he paid the penalty and also warned him not to graze his goats on the saplings planted in public places,” she mentioned.
Whereas that is the primary incident of “arrest” of goats, the officers have been imposing fines on house owners. A goat-rearer was fined Rs 10,000 after his goats had been caught grazing on the saplings planted beneath ‘Haritha Haram’, the huge plantation programme taken up by the state authorities. The incident occurred on Wednesday in Narayanpet when District Collector Venkata Rao discovered the goats grazing on the saplings on the outskirts of Makthal city.
Final week in the identical city, municipal authorities had caught a goat for consuming away the saplings planted beneath ‘Haritha Haram’. The goat was tied in Mandal Parishad Growth Workplace premises. A board was additionally hung round its neck, displaying Rs 2,000 high-quality towards its proprietor.
In one other incident in Sangareddy district, officers imposed a high-quality of Rs 3,000 on the proprietor of the goats which grazed on the saplings in Muttangi village.
In Vikarabad district, a village head punished a goat proprietor by making her plant 20 saplings. Her goat had eaten one plant.
The officers mentioned they had been pressured to impose fines to self-discipline goat house owners as they had been permitting their animals to graze on the saplings planted beneath the plantation drive.
The federal government has made the authorities on the city and village ranges accountable for defending the saplings.