It might sound bizarre but eight donkeys were lodged for nearly four days in Orai jail in Jalaun district (Uttar Pradesh) for eating “some very expensive plants,” reported NDTV.
The donkeys were ‘released’ from jail on November 27 following the intervention of a local BJP leader.
They were released by the jail administration after their owner, showed up at the jail and signed an affidavit promising that these donkeys would never be seen around the prison building again.
However, quickly after this story was aired, the UP police came out with a clarification:
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) November 28, 2017
Reports suggest that these animals were locked in a room inside the prison premises “to teach a lesson” to owners who leave their animals loose.
Donkeys, goats and cows, have eaten and destroyed plants brought from Delhi and Agra worth Rs 50,000. According to jail administration, they were planning a plantation on jail campus under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Though they were able to trace the owners of the goats and cows, they failed to trace the owner of the eight donkeys. So they locked them up in an old empty building inside the jail premises.
As per Superintendent of Orai District Jail, Sitaram Sharma, the animals were locked up inside the jail campus, becuase of nuisance they were creating every day. He also said that these animals were locked for so long because the authorities wanted to hand over these animals to the owner.
Soon the reactions from Twitterati started pouring in:
NDTV and Facts !! That’s some sort of joke 😹😹
— Chintan Shah (@chintan20) November 28, 2017
NDTV is propagating bcoz it was their own staff. https://t.co/i0Bng86NTi
— Dalal Mama (@iDALALMAMA) November 28, 2017
— Rosy (@rose_k01) November 28, 2017
ये रैपटा मारो इन रNDTV वालो को 😂😂
यूपी पुलिस से बदतमीज़ी भौत महँगी पड़ेगी रNDTV 😁😁
— DR VIRUS (@daktar_virus) November 28, 2017
Sir, Ndtv is known to peddle lies.
— usha (@ushamohan1) November 28, 2017
That is NDTV, best in fake alleged news
— RM (@Rajendra_Maurya) November 28, 2017
Dude haven’t seen such brazen shamelessness 🙈
— Devil in Covfefe! (@nehav24) November 28, 2017
Now because u tagged @ndtv , this tweet may go viral 😂😂
This is the problem with our media, they tweet without checking fact
Few days back Left Lal Salam attacked Tom Moody for Moody’s report on India
— Navin Tyagi (@NavinKTyagi) November 28, 2017
I think stricter action should be taken against any news channel for shaming our state. We already need a good PR and these kind of news bring us down even further.
— Dr.Shakib Khan (@DrShakibKhan1) November 28, 2017
Sir don’t worry- it’s on expected lines with ndtv. It’s classic case of donkeys reporting about donkeys
— alok gupta (@alokg2k) November 28, 2017
police is responsible for arresting who does crime but if UP Police didn’t do it. why @ndtv mentioning n its headline r u folks become so jobless that u dnt have anything to write abt except donkeys r @PrannoyRoyNDTV has arrested donkeys as he still employs them in his channel
— sandeep kotwal (@Hunter2smart) November 28, 2017
These NDTV donkeys are the ones that need to be arrested for spreading false news. We give our press too many liberties
— M Almoula (@MAlmoula5) November 28, 2017
NDTV reporters are following donkeys rather development.
Quality of @ndtv reporters are visible.
— Intolerant বাঙালী (@TamalDas8) November 28, 2017
NDTV supports donkeys too but no sympathy for cows why ??
— Sudhakar Singh Negi (@sudhakarnegi) November 28, 2017
And soon came a reply from NDTV:
Dear @Uppolice , our story does not mention you. Request you to come please read the story next time😀.
— Suparna Singh (@Suparna_Singh) November 28, 2017
Unsatisfied with the answer given by NDTV, UP police have again tweeted:
Dear @Suparna_Singh @ndtv
We saw yr story twice .Request u to do t same.If we only quote yr anchor, @UPPolice has been mentioned twice, “In Uttar Pradesh, t police arrested donkeys” & “why is the Uttar Pradesh Police wasting time with donkeys as the real criminals run loose” 1/2 https://t.co/XwWWFZgm6h
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) November 28, 2017
And NDTV’s reply didn’t had an impact on the Twitterati:
That’s disingenuous, the report mentions a Head Constable, and UP, pointing directly towards the state police. If it was some other body, yiu should ideally issue a clarification rather than being snarky with the police.
— anurag bakhshi (@anuragbakhshi) November 28, 2017
Very soon Suparnkha ji & her team of donkeys will telecast a prime time debate on the harassment of her fellow donkeys by jail authority in UP.
— स्वराज इंडिया (@ce_arun) November 28, 2017
Maybe there is some Confusion,
while the Police took DONKEYS Literally,
NDTV meant those Beasts of Burden from 10 Janpath
that Come & Bray on TV Everyday
– Sanjay Jha, Poonawala Brothers & the like …..
— B H A R A T VANSHI (@bharatvanshi_tw) November 28, 2017
— Intolerant Swati (@swatrisha) November 28, 2017