Indian police blame rats for disappearance of 200 kg of seized cannabis
Police in India have blamed rats for consuming nearly 200kg of cannabis seized from dealers and held at police stations.
"Rats are small animals and they are not afraid of the police. It is difficult to protect drugs from them,” said a court in Uttar Pradesh state.
The judge cited three cases in which marijuana was destroyed by rodents.
In another case of the seizure of 386 kg of drugs, the police submitted a report saying that "a part" of the cannabis had been "eaten by rats".
The only way to protect the goods seized from the rats according to the Court is to sell the drug to pharmaceutical companies and the proceeds would go to the government.
But on the other hand, a senior police official told reporters that some of the marijuana stored in police stations in his vicinity was damaged due to heavy rains and was not destroyed by rats.
In 2018, eight Argentine police officers were fired after blaming rats for the disappearance of half a ton of cannabis from a police warehouse.