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Goat in police custody for damaging garden

Raipur, February 09, 2016: Chhattisgarh police has taken into its custody a goat for damaging garden of a judicial official in Korea district of Chhattisgarh, a police official said today.

Unique in its nature, the goat was alleged to have trespassed in to a government premises and damaged the property, for which the animal and its owner were taken into custody since yesterday, Janakpur Police Station officer Ram Sewak Paikra said by phone.

Police have registered a case against both the animal and its owner under Indian Penal Code Section 427- Mischief causing damage to property. A bailable offence and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

They have also been arrested on the complaint of an employee of the official under section 447 of Indian Penal Code for Criminal trespass, which attract a punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees or both.

"The goat and the owner were under police custody and were out as both the sections 427 and 447 of IPC are bailable offence," said the Police officer.

Giving details, he said a goat was frequently entering into the garden of a local judicial official in Janakpur town of Korea district, located about 340 kilometre north of Chhattisgarh, and damaging the garden there.

Rajesh Paikra, the gardener of the official, brought the goat yesterday to the local police station and alleged that the animal was eating out all the leaves and the flowers of the trees of the garden, said Paikra.

"After the complaint, the owner of the goat Abdul Hasan was also arrested for the alleged crime," said the police officer.

"Since both the sections are bailable offences, Abdul Hasan filled a bond in the police station promising that the animal will not further damage the garden," Paikra said.

After the paper work both were let off, added the official.

To a question, the police officer admitted, in his "life time never came across such a case."

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