Crime: Destroying Swachh Mission Plants

Kanpur: In a bizarre case, eight donkeys were lodged in Orai jail for four days in UP’s Jalaun district for destroying some “expensive plants”, planted in the jail’s residential block under the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. The animals were ‘released’ on Monday after the intervention of a local BJP leader.

Authorities said the donkeys belonging to a man, Kamlesh, devoured costly saplings and other crops on November 24. Following instructions of jail authorities, the eight donkeys were rounded up and put behind bars.

“These donkeys ate and damaged some very expensive plants worth Rs 60,000. Kamlesh, despite repeated warnings, let them loose. On November 24, following instructions of our seniors, we lodged the donkeys into the jail,” said R K Mishra, a head constable posted at the jail. When Kamlesh began a search for the animals, he was told they were in jail on the charge of destroying saplings. He met senior officers, jail superintendent Sita Ram Sharma pleading they be let out, but was refused. Kamlesh then requested a local BJP leader’s interven- following which the animals were “released”.

Sharma said, “There is no such law wherein we can arrest donkeys. They were confined for four days to teach their owner a lesson. They were allowed to go on Monday only after Kamlesh gave us a written affidavit that he would not allow his animals to roam in residential areas or places of public importance.” The donkeys had, on many occasions, also caused road mishaps in the area, Sharma added.


The animals were ‘released’ after a local BJP leader intervened