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!
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.
He said, "Various types of saplings
were planted in the district jail premises for beautification."
"Those were damaged by the donkeys.
Hence, I rounded them up," he added.
The owner of the donkeys
apparently made many requests to prison
authorities to let go the donkeys
but to no avail.
He then did what most commoners do in Uttar Pradesh
-- petition the politician.
Here he made a fervent appeal to local Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Shakti Gahoi, who then went to the jailer and asked him to let the donkeys
"For two days, I could not find my horses and donkeys.
When I came to know that they are in jail, I sought the help from local BJP leaders. With their intervention the animals were released," he said.
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!