"Blame the rats!" - Police blame rodents for eating 200kg of bhang seized from criminals

for Tv47 Digital November 25, 2022, 09:34 AM
Police blame rats for eating bhang kept as evidence
A rat used for illustration purposes. Police in India have blamed rats for eating close to 200kg of bhang that had been seized from criminals and kept in police stations as evidence.

In Summary

  • In 2018, eight Argentinian police officers were dismissed after claiming that more than 500kg of marijuana which disappeared from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.

  • At the time, forensic experts expressed doubt that rodents could have eaten so much marijuana.

Police in India are now blaming rats for destroying evidence.

A court in the Asian country heard that rats had destroyed 195kg of bhang that had been seized from criminals and stored in police stations as evidence.

A statement from a judge read to the court said: “Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them.”

Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said that three cases had been affected after the rodents destroyed cannabis. In the first case, the court asked the police to produce the seized drug as evidence, but it was told that 195kg of cannabis had been “destroyed” by the rodents.

In another case involving 386kg of the drug, police - in their report - claimed that some of the cannabis had been eaten up by the rats.

According Judge Chaudhary, around 700kg of marijuana seized by the police was lying in police stations in Mathura district. "All of it was under danger of infestation by rats," he said.

It appears that the size of the rodents is to blame too. "Police have no expertise in dealing with the matter as the rats are too small. The only way to protect the seized goods from such fearless mice was to auction the drugs to research labs and medicine firms, with the proceeds going to the government."

How true is that?

In 2018, eight Argentinian police officers were dismissed after claiming that more than 500kg of marijuana which disappeared from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.

The disappearance of the drugs had been discovered during an inspection of a police warehouse for impounded drugs in the town of Pilar, 60km outside the capital city of Buenos Aires.

The cannabis had reportedly been in storage at the warehouse for two years. But of the 6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg were found.

Forensic experts

At the time, forensic experts expressed doubt that rodents could have eaten so much marijuana.

“Buenos Aires University experts have explained that mice wouldn’t mistake the drug for food, and that if a large group of mice had eaten it, a lot of corpses would have been found in the warehouse,” the forensic team's spokesperson told a court.

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