Rats could have damaged packets of marijuana, says GRP.
Rats are not known to consume marijuana, or quaff liquor, but in Nagpur they apparently do. At least, that’s what the Nagpur Government Railway Police would have you believe. According to sources, some 25 kg of seized marijuana and a large quantity of liquor from around 25 bottles have been found missing from the godown in which they were stored. When Mirror spoke to Abhay Panhekar, senior inspector, Nagpur GRP, he said that the drugs and the liquor were seized around five years ago, and he was not sure as to the amount, or the number of bottles that were missing, if at all.
“The seized commodities were measured five years ago. It would be difficult for us to confirm if there has been any pilferage,” said Panhekar. “We do not have proper storage facilities for seized items, and we are at times forced to keep the drug on the floor, and maybe some rats could have been damaging the pouches in which the marijuana is kept.” Panhekar also added that the plastic liquor bottles, too, could have been damaged by rats, causing the spirit to evaporate.
Sabherao Patil, superintendent of police, GRP, Nagpur, said that a new store-room was being built for seized items. “We will also be installing a CCTV in the store room.” Patil declined to comment on the missing quantities of marijuana and liquor. In January this year, the Railway Protection Force, Nagpur division, seized several consignments of liquor from two Chennai bound trains. The confiscated liquor was worth nearly Rs 2 crore. The RPF also seized 110 kg of marijuana the same week.