This story turned out to be misleading. Numerous media outlets including Storypick were misled. We regret and apologize for the inaccuracy.
1. Kanpur Police clarified that the goat was taken to the police station as it was found roaming unattended and it was probably lost.
2. Eventually, the owner picked it up and all the other claims including the goat’s arrest were false.
Who could have thought that designer masks will be a thing in 2020?! Whether you like it or hate it, masks have become an essential part of our daily lives. So much so, that a journalist decided to interview a donkey to troll people stepping out without wearing face masks. However, in a rather bizarre incident, police officers reportedly arrested a goat in Kanpur for a particular reason which might have included a mask.
A goat was taken into police custody after its owner, who was not wearing a mask, fled away on seeing the cops in the Beconganj area of the city, reports Times Now. Circle officer, Anwarganj police station, Saifuddin Beg, was quoted saying by News18,
“When he saw the police, he ran away leaving the goat behind so the policemen brought the goat to the police station. Later, we handed over the goat to its owner.”
The animal was reportedly taken to the police station in a jeep in the hope that the owner would come to collect it. As soon as the owner heard about the arrest, he rushed to the police station and pleaded the authorities to release the goat. After a lot of pleading, the police released the animal on the condition that the owner should not be seen on the road without a mask during the lockdown.
On the other hand, one of the cops who had brought the goat to the police station admitted that there was a lockdown violation because the goat was not wearing a mask. “People are now making their dogs wear a mask so why not a goat?” he asked. But there was a change in the narrative after the incident turned into a meme fest on social media.