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Farmers chase, bidders race to but none own ponies in great demand!

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Banakal(Chikkamagalur): The ponies in great demand blocked traffic on the busy Charmadi Ghat section for hours on November 7.

The farmers in and around Hassan wanted to get rid of them after their maize crops were destroyed by stubborn and cunning ponies. They loaded 50 ponies in trucks and wanted to release them in Banakal village after cops refused permission in the outskirts of Hassan city. When the ponies-laden truck reached Banakal town, authorities refused permission to the truck owner who finally ended reaching Charmadi Ghat section.

Meanwhile, the news of arrival of intelligent and friendly guests spread like wild fire. Resort owners and other wealthy men carrying ropes started following the truck in their pursuit to own one, driving through the winding ghat stretch. The driver stopped the truck to release them in the open near Alekhan waterfalls. Greedy bidders climbed the truck and started tying the ropes around ponies neck as the sale was free for all!

When the demand increased, police had to intervene to disburse the mob. Finally the truck owner was instructed to head towards distant Mangaluru.

The resort owners who came in their respective vehicles from Banakal town to own a precious asset turned back empty handed.

Ponies and horses are in great demand in resorts and are used to entertain tourists as they like to saddle up and take a ride around. They help resort owners in generating extra revenue as children find them very friendly during recreational riding.

In the end, none owned the intelligent animals heading towards unknown destination!

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