A man in Madhya Pradesh found an innovative way of dealing with alleged demands of bribe by a naib tehsildar.
Bhupendra Singh, of the Sironj district in Vidisha, who said he could not have paid the Rs 25,000 bribe the tehsildar asked for, brought his buffalo and tied it to the official’s car.
Singh told India Today, “I have been running behind the naib tehsildar for the past six months as we want to settle the land records of the family but he refuses to do my job till I don’t pay him the money. I don’t have the money and the only valued possession with me is my buffalo so I tied it to his car.”
The report said that the tehsildar Sidharth Singhal denied the charges and said this was all for publicity.
Singh as alleged that the work of settlement of family land records had been pending with Singhal for months.
According to the India Today report Singh is said to have a memorandum to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath over the issue.
This isn’t the first time a farmer has taken such extreme measures to deal with demands of bribes.
In February 2019, an elderly farmer in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh had tied his buffalo to the tehsildar’s vehicle after he had reportedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
News18 had reported that the farmer had paid Rs 50,000 and had no money to pay more.