Lucknow: In what has come as a bizarre claim, the Mathura Police have told a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985) Court, that rats “ate” Ganja worth 60 lakh rupees that was stored at the Shergarh and Highway Police Stations.

The claim was made by the cops when the Court had asked them to produce the Ganja recovered in a case registered under the NDPS Act. The additional district judge who was hearing the case ordered the SSP Mathura Abhishek Yadav to get rid of the “mice menace” and then to produce evidence that rats had actually eaten the 581 KG Ganja.

"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."

Similar cases in the past in UP:

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.

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Kanpur (UP), Dec 3: A 17-year-old vegetable vendor lost his leg after being run over by a train while he was collecting his belongings allegedly thrown on a track by police personnel during an anti-encroachment drive here.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Dhull told PTI that Head Constable Rakesh Kumar has been placed under suspension.

Police initiated an inquiry after several purported videos surfaced online showing the boy lying on the tracks asking for help as policemen and people try to rescue him, a senior official said.

"Prima facie, it appears Kumar showed negligent behaviour," Dhull said, adding that Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kalyanpur) Vikas Pandey has been asked to conduct the inquiry and submit a report at the earliest.

Police personnel had thrown a container of the victim, identified as Arsalan alias Irfan of Rawatpur area, and when he had gone on the railway track to pick it up, he was run over by a train on Friday, Dhull said.

Arsalan lost his right leg and suffered serious injuries to his left leg. He was taken to the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital from where he was shifted to the SGPGIMS where a surgery was performed on Saturday, he said.

Dhull confirmed that several purported videos of the incident have gone viral and police are trying to obtain the mobile clips and pictures. These will help police to establish the sequence of events, he said.

Interacting with reporters, a local, who identified himself as Mohammad Shanu, claimed that the victim lost his leg after being hit by a train when he was collecting his weighing scale thrown on the tracks by police during an anti-encroachment drive.

The victim's father Saleem, an auto-rickshaw driver, told media persons that his son's leg were severed on the spot.