We have always heard of railway administration slapping the ticketless travellers with fine and penalty and sometimes even imprisoning the abrupt defaulters. You would have even heard of railway auctioning the defaulter’s assets to recover the penalty amount from the defaulter. However, we bet you would have never heard of auctioning a living being like a goat to recover the penalty from the defaulter. Yes, the news is true and has come from Mumbai railways where Central Railway has auctioned a goat to recover the penalty for ticketless travelling in the local train. The amount the Central Railway has earned from the auctioning this goat is Rs. 2,500 which is almost 6 times the fine for ticketless travelling in the first class compartment of the Mumbai local.
The whole episode started on Wednesday when the ticket checker onboard a CSMT-bound local train found a commuter travelling along with his goat in the second class coach near Masjid Bunder railway station. The ticket checker wished to check the commuter’s ticket to which the commuter searched for tickets and ran away from the railway premises as soon as he got the chance. The ticket checker found the commuter’s goat left behind to recover the penalty amount from. The railway authority named the goat ‘Basanti’ and kept the goat at Masjid Bunder railway station tied to a pole under the surveillance of a caretaker to find a buyer to the goat. The price they kept on the goat was Rs. 3,000. The whole day passed-by but there was no buyer to the goat that the railway authority found. The next day came a offer of Rs. 2,500 from a buyer and the Central Railway sold it.
It is to be noted that travelling with an animal in the railway is strictly prohibited as it may harm the other passengers.