I smell a rat… Indian police say 440 pounds of cannabis have been lost and eaten by rodents
- The police were asked to show the stolen items as evidence, but they said the rats had eaten everything
- The court defended the police’s apology, saying it was difficult to protect drugs from rats
- A senior police official also blamed the torrential rain for the disappearance of cannabis stocks
Indian police have claimed that rats were behind the disappearance of about 440 pounds of hashish in police stations after it was confiscated by drug dealers.
A court in Uttar Pradesh has been told that the rats appeared to have eaten the entire drug shipment when it asked the police to present them as evidence.
“Rats are small animals and they are not afraid of the police. It is difficult to protect the property from them,” the court said, according to BBC News.
Rats and mice responsible for recent disappearance of drugs seized by police in India (stock photo)
Justice Sanjay Chaudhary also cited other cases in which police blamed rodents for the loss of drug supplies in the state’s Mathura district.
In one example, part of the 850 pounds of cannabis stockpiled by the police disappeared, and hungry rats took the blame for its disappearance.
The judge said the police had no way of dealing with the voracious ferrets because the animals were “too small”.
He also suggested that to protect confiscated drugs from “brave mice”, the stolen goods should be auctioned off to laboratories and drugmakers, with the proceeds kept by the government.
In a twist in the plot, a senior police officer in Mathura said that some of the missing lawn was “damaged by heavy rain” and had not been touched by mice or rats.
Rodents have been blamed for various incidents in India over the years.
In 2018, rats chowed down over £13,000 in banknotes after breaking into ATMs in India.
That same year, a three-story house collapsed after rats breached its foundation, killing a family of eight who had moved out only hours earlier.
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