A tree in Pakistan has been under arrest for 118 years. The Banyan tree, located in Landi Kotal army cantonment area in present-day Pakistan, was “arrested” by British officer James Squid in 1898.
The incident occurred when the area was still controlled by the British Empire.
Squid, while reportedly drunk, believed the tree to be lurching towards him and felt threatened by it.
He ordered the mess sergeant to arrest the tree, so he did. The offending tree was chained, presumably to stop it from fleeing the crime scene, and remains chained to this day, 65 years after the end of British colonial rule.
To avoid any confusion, the tree even has a sign which reads “I am under arrest.”
Locals believe the act was committed for more sinister reasons, in an effort to keep locals under control as part of the British Raj Frontier Crimes Regulation laws, put in place to counter Pashtun opposition to British Rule.
“Through this act, the British basically implied to the tribesmen that if they dared act against the Raj, they too would be punished in a similar fashion,” one resident told Pakistani newspaper.
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