DON’T GET ARRESTED: WEAR CLEAN SOCKS
A 27-year-old man from Bihar made the news recently for something he did on a bus while traveling from Dharamsala to Delhi: he took off his socks.
Prakash Kumar just wanted to be comfortable on the bus ride, but his comfort apparently caused a lot of discomfort for the other passengers. The smell emanating from his socks was unbearable to them. According to a BBC News report, they asked Kumar to either throw his socks out or put them in his bag.
Kumar refused to do either, causing much conflict and distress on the bus. The driver stopped the bus a few times to try to solve the problem, but to no avail. Finally, the driver stopped at a police station in Una District, Himachal Pradesh, where Kumar was arrested for the crime of “possessing a pair of deadly socks.”
Actually, he was arrested for “causing a public nuisance” and was subsequently released on bail. The report doesn’t say whether he was allowed to keep his socks. It’s quite possible that the police took the socks and used them to force confessions from suspects.
Police officer: “Did you steal the jewelry?”
Suspect: “No, sir, I didn’t.”
Officer: “You’d better tell the truth or I will bring the socks into the room.”
Suspect: “No, please, not the socks! Okay, I will tell the truth. I stole the jewelry!”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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