Bareilly: As 1,000 litres of seized liquor vanishes from storehouse, police say rats drank it

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a very strange incident, over a thousand litres of seized liquor kept in the storehouse of Bareilly’s Cantonment police station has disappeared and the local policemen blame rats for it. Strangely enough, rats have also earlier been blamed for polishing off seized liquor in dry Bihar, narcotics in Jharkhand and currency notes in Assam. They were also held guilty of causing floods in Bihar!

On Wednesday when the ‘malkhana’ (storehouse for seized items) was opened to bring out the body of a stray dog which had sneaked inside a few days ago and died, it was found that the several gallons of country-made liquor that had been seized from illegal manufacturing units had vanished. The staff then blamed the rodents, said a report in HT.

Superintendent of police Abhinandan Singh said an inquiry into the incident would be conducted. “Cantt police station head muharrir (clerk), Naresh Pal, who was posted recently, opened the door of the malkhana and found some liquor cans empty. He also saw rats near the seized liquor cans,” he told the national daily.

He said that seized liquor should be destroyed after a sample is kept for legal purpose. “I have written to senior officials several times regarding this, but no response has come yet,” he added. “The stock kept in the malkhana dated back to a decade even though it should have been destroyed,” Singh told The Times of India.

Mice and rats have also been blamed for disappearance of liquor earlier. Last year, in Bihar, where prohibition is in force, rodents were believed to have finished off more than 9 lakh litres of alcohol seized by police. The issue came up after the media reported that the seized bottles of liquor were missing from police station ‘malkhanas’ (stores).
Bihar water resources minister Rajiv Ranjan, last year, had blamed rodents for the state’s crumbling embankments and the consequent flood that left hundreds dead and lakhs homeless.