In a bizarre incident, a parrot accused of hurling obscenities at an elderly woman was summoned to a police station at Rajura in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district on 17 August. This happened after a complaint against its owner for allegedly tutoring his caged pet was filed.
The police was at its wit's end after 85-year-old Janabai Sakharkar accused her stepson Suresh of teaching his parrot 'Hariyal', to shower abuses at her whenever she passed by his house.
In order to verify the agitated woman's complaint, the police called all the three involved, including Janabai, her stepson Suresh and Hariyal the parrot to the police station.
However, the parrot, conscious of khaki clad policemen, kept mum when his cage was brought near Janabai, to see if it would hurl any obscenities at her.
"There is a dispute over land and property between the woman and her stepson. We watched the parrot carefully but it did not utter a word at the police station after being confronted by the complainant," said Police Inspector P S Dongre.
Although Hariyal never showed any alleged penchant to abuse the woman, the police decided to hand it over to forest department officials, after taking into account the harassed mental condition of the aged woman.
Previous bizarre incidents
- In July, 2015 a chicken, owned by a Hindu family, had triggered off communal violence when it had pecked at the leg of a Muslim youth in Kanpur. The chicken was charged with rioting, breach of peace, and assault.
In May, 2015 a "spy pigeon" had been detained in India who was believed to have been carrying a secret message from Pakistan.
In April, 2015 an elephant was pumped with 34 bullets by the Bangladesh Border guards for cross-border infiltration. The elephant had strayed into Rajsahi district of Bangladesh from Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
- In February, 2014 a dog was booked by the Uttar Pradesh police for biting Police Inspector Vijay Yadav. The dog had been booked under section 289 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which holds the owner of the animal responsible for negligent conduct with respect to animal that can cause harm to humans.
(with inputs from PTI)