'Incarcerated' donkeys released from Uttar Pradesh jail on BJP leader's recommendation
On Monday, the district jail in Orai was witness to a unique sight as eight donkeys 'incarcerated' for the last four days in the prison were let off.
Lucknow: Bizarre news is not something new to Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, the district jail in Orai was witness to a unique sight as eight donkeys "incarcerated" for the last four days in the prison were let off, after a "recommendation" from a local BJP leader.
These donkeys had been "sent behind the bars" by jail superintendent Sita Ram Sharma, who lost his cool on the four-legged animals after they chewed up costly plants brought by the prison authorities for plantation inside the jail premises.
The owner of the donkeys apparently made many requests to prison authorities to let the donkeys go but to no avail.
He then did what most commoners do in Uttar Pradesh – petition the politician.
Here, he made a fervent appeal to a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shakti Gahoi, who then went to the jailer and asked him to let the donkeys go.
With a ruling party leader making the request, the prison official immediately signed the "release orders".
Locals apparently were amused to the hilt to see donkeys walk out of the prison gates rather than men, which is usually a common sight.
But then, this is Uttar Pradesh, and anything and everything is possible here!
A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman had given an ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday to either "reconsider" its decision or the court will pass orders.
The apex court's direction came after the state government told the bench that it has decided to hold a symbolic Kanwar Yatra with appropriate COVID restrictions
The Bench was hearing an appeal against the Allahabad HC order in which it had said that the entire healthcare system in villages and small cities of Uttar Pradesh was ‘at God's mercy’