Irate over the loss of his farm produce, a farmer today took his hen to a police station holding it responsible for an incident of fire that reduced his recently-harvested crop to ashes at Deoli village here.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Musaboni) Ajit Kumar Vimal said the 50-year-old farmer, Simon Sardar, was “not ready to be convinced despite our best effort to make him understand that a complaint cannot be lodged against a hen.”
A cat had suddenly pounced on the hen moving around near Sardar’s house yesterday but it managed to escape running towards a verandah where food was being cooked, the DSP said.
In the melee, one of the wings of the hen caught fire and as it ran towards a heap of crop kept for processing, the heap immediately caught fire and was reduced to ashes within minutes, he said.
When the farmer arrived at the police station with the hen, the officer in charge of the police station, Satnarayan Sharma, convinced him that a complaint cannot be lodged against a hen.
The officer in charge has asked Sardar to instead to file an application with the block circle officer requesting compensation for the damage, Vimal said.