Uttar Pradesh: Rats ate 500kg marijuana, Mathura cops tell court | Agra News – Times of India

AGRA: A report submitted by Mathura police to a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985) court claimed that rats “ate” over 500 kg of marijuana, confiscated and stored in the warehouses of Shergarh and Highway police stations.
The bizarre claim was made after the court had asked Mathura police earlier this year to produce the marijuana recovered in a case registered under the NDPS Act.
Hearing this, the additional district judge first ordered SSP Mathura Abhishek Yadav to get rid of the “mice menace” and then deliver proof that rats actually consumed 581 kg, to be precise, of marijuana worth Rs 60 lakh.
Mice, though small in size, don’t fear police, officers tell judge
The court has also issued five-point directions for the auction/disposal of weed stored in police warehouses. “Time-bound action will be taken in compliance with the court orders,” said acting senior superintendent of police (SSP), Mathura, Martand P Singh.
Special public prosecutor Ranveer Singh said, “The SHOs of Shergarh and Highway police stations have claimed that 581 kg of weed stored in warehouses was destroyed by the rats. The cops have been finding it impossible to protect substances kept in the said storage areas. The court has ordered the police to produce evidence regarding the claim and set November 26 as the next hearing date.”
The court, in its order dated November 18, referred to a case under the jurisdiction of the Highway police station, in which 195 kg of recovered weed was destroyed by the rats, as informed by the government counsel to the court.
“On intimation by the court, the Mathura SSP directed the CO refinery to conduct a probe, but weed was not recovered,” the court order mentioned.
The Mathura police, in its clarification to the court, said, “Being small in size, rats have no fear of the police. SHOs cannot be experts in solving every problem.”
In May 2020, three men smuggling weed in a truck were arrested in Mathura. The truck was intercepted near Jatwari village in the Shergarh area and 386 kg of weed hidden in millet bags was recovered from the vehicle. The three accused were booked under the NDPS Act and sent to judicial custody.
The court ordered the police to produce the weed recovered in the case. Shergarh SHO informed the court that “rats ate the weed”, which was sealed in packets and stored in the warehouse. “There is no safe place in the police station to store the ‘maal’ and protect it from rats,” the SHO had said.
A similar case happened in 2021 when cops at Etah district’s Kotwali Dehat police station claimed that rodents consumed over 1,400 cartons of seized liquor worth over Rs 35 lakh.
Additional director general (ADG) of police (Agra zone) Rajeev Krishna tasked an IPS officer from Aligarh to probe the matter.
An FIR was registered against station house officer Indreshpal Singh and head clerk Rasaal Singh after a preliminary inquiry revealed that the policemen had sold the seized liquor to gangster Bantu Yadav.