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Telangana: Farmer made to pay for bull’s ‘indiscretion’

The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) and the police have come under flak for booking Sundarlal Lodha over as trivial a matter as his bull peed in front of the gates of SCCL office.

Anindita Chaudhary | Hyderabad |

In a bizarre case, a farmer was booked by the police for allegedly causing nuisance after his bull urinated at the entrance of the office of the general manager of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) at Yellandu in the Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana.

The farmer had arrived at Yellandu in his bullock cart to demand compensation for his land acquired by the SCCL. The CCTV footage of the incident was shared by the company while filing a complaint against the farmer, Sundar Lal Lodha. Sundarlal Lodha was charged under section 290 of the IPC under which the accused is fined up to Rs 200 for an act of public nuisance.

The footage shows security guards asking the farmer to remove his cart even as the bull was peeing right in front of the gate. Expressing his inability to do so, Lodha told the guard that the bull won’t move once he starts urinating. However, the security guards persisted with their claim that the farmer deliberately made the bull urinate in front of the gate and filed the complaint.

The police, however, did not arrest him as he paid the fine of Rs 100 after a police constable helped him once Sundarlal promised to repay him soon.

The SCCL authorities consider him a trouble maker who does not even hold pattas for the land that was acquired. The compensation money for the land acquired in 2005 was paid to the original pattadars. According to them his plea was rejected by the courts.

However, the SCCL and the police have come under flak for booking the farmer over a trivial matter. On social media, a few people wondered if it was possible to deliberately make the bull urinate at the entrance of the GM’s office. They also asked what action should be taken against the SCCL which pollutes neighbouring areas through its mining activities with impunity.