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Court documents in northern India have exposed rats as the culprits responsible for eating 500 kilograms of cannabis.

Alarms went off when police in the city of Mathura couldn’t furnish almost 200 kilograms of confiscated cannabis. The cannabis was meant to be used as evidence in a case.

A rat infestation has been identified as the problem. According to court documents, “rats are small animals, and they aren’t scared of the police”.

CNN reports that this is not the first time the rats had struck. The judge hearing the case cited Mathura Police as blaming the rodents for destroying a total of more than 500 kilograms of cannabis that had been seized in various cases and stored at the city’s Shergarh and Highway Police Station.

The court ordered the police to auction or dispose of the cannabis.

“There’s a rat menace in all police stations. Hence, necessary arrangements need to be made to safeguard the cannabis that’s been confiscated,” said the court document.

Since the court case though, details have emerged from a different point of view regarding the missing cannabis.

Superintendent Martand Prakash Sing from the Mathura City Police said the cannabis had been “destroyed by rains and flooding” and not by rats.

Image credit: CNN

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