Rats in northern India have been accused of consuming tons of of kilograms of hashish seized from drug sellers and saved in police warehouses.
“Rats are small animals, and so they aren’t petrified of the police,” famous a court docket within the metropolis of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, after listening to that native police have been unable to furnish nearly 200 kilograms of confiscated hashish that was supposed for use as proof in a current case.
Court docket paperwork mentioned the police had been requested to offer 386 kilograms of hashish, however the prosecution flagged to the court docket that greater than 700 kilograms of marijuana saved in varied stations throughout Mathura may very well be impacted by the rat infestation.
And this was – allegedly – not the primary time the rats had struck. The decide listening to the case cited Mathura police as blaming the rodents for destroying a complete of greater than 500 kilograms of hashish that had been seized in varied circumstances and saved on the metropolis’s Shergarh and Freeway Police Station.
The court docket then laid down tips for the police to public sale or get rid of the hashish.
“There’s a rat menace in nearly all police stations. Therefore, obligatory preparations have to be made to safeguard the hashish that’s been confiscated,” the court docket doc mentioned.
Nonetheless, accounts relating to the precise sequence of occasions that adopted the rats’ alleged consumption of the hashish seem a bit of hazy.
Talking after the court docket case, Mathura Metropolis Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh advised CNN that the hashish had been “destroyed by rains and flooding” and never by rats.
“There was no reference to rats within the (report submitted to the court docket) … the police solely talked about that the seized hashish was destroyed within the rains and flooding,” he mentioned.
If the rats are responsible as charged, they may now be taking issues simple. A 2016 study by the College of British Columbia discovered the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana made lab rats lazy.
Researchers skilled 29 rats to carry out an experiment, through which the rodents had to decide on between a easy or harder activity to earn treats.
The rats sometimes selected the more durable – and extra rewarding – activity, however after being given marijuana, the identical rats picked the simpler activity.