Police in India have blamed rats for destroying nearly 200kg (440lb) of cannabis seized from dealers and kept in police stations.
“Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them,” a court in Uttar Pradesh state has said.
The court had asked the police to produce the stash as evidence in cases of drug peddling.
The judge cited three cases in which marijuana was destroyed by rodents.
Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said in an order that when the court asked the police to produce the seized drug as evidence, it was told that 195kg of cannabis had been “destroyed” by rats.
In another case involving 386kg of the drug, the police filed a report saying “some” of the cannabis was “eaten up by the rats”.
Judge Chaudhary said some 700kg of marijuana seized by the police was lying in police stations in Mathura district and that “all of it was under danger of infestation by rats”.