After a case of 900,000 liters of confiscated alcohol products went missing, police had no choice but to find the culprit behind the thievery. They have fingered rats as the responsible party for this crime.
This whole situation is going down in Patna, India, which is a city that has made alcohol illegal, so that explains not only the confiscation, but the police being shifty about the missing goods.
They are actually going with the story that rats have ‘chewed off the tops of the seized bottles’ and had a little boozy party of their own, drinking the contents.
There is obviously no other way to explain the disappearance of 13-months worth of contraband from police-guarded storage.
An inquiry has been ordered by their Senior Police Superintendent, because although there is a chance the officers drank the goods, it is even more likely that the contents of those bottles was secretly sold off by corrupt policemen.
This outlawing of alcohol was that a newly elected chief minister of state’s attempt to “cleanse” society. Everyone has heard that one before, and last time it was much scarier. Let’s keep the booze right where it belongs! In our stomachs!
From Heat Street:
Rats are responsible for drinking 900,000 liters of booze confiscated by police in a part of India where alcohol is illegal, it’s been claimed. Officers in the city of Patna, in the state of Bihar, say the rodents have chewed off the tops of the seized bottles and consumed the contents. The alcohol was being stored and guarded by police having been confiscated over the last 13 months but has vanished.
Despite the police maintaining the city’s rats drank their way through the vast supply, Manu Maharaaj, a senior police superintendent, has ordered an inquiry. He reportedly suspects it was drunk or sold off secretly by corrupt policemen. Officers guarding all contraband will now be breathalysed. If they are found to have been drinking, they have been warned they face prosecution and dismissal. Nitish Kumar, chief minister of the state, outlawed alcohol from Bihar in April 2016 as part an election campaign promise to “cleanse” society. The ban was also introduced in response to demands by women in the area who linked alcohol consumption by men to domestic violence and rape.