Hundreds of thousands of litres of confiscated alcohol in an eastern Indian state have gone missing.
But don’t worry, because police in Bihar believe they know where it has all gone.
Where? Three clues. Beady eyes, lots of whiskers and a long tail.
Or at least that’s what officers said when questioned by Patna city’s top police official, Manu Maharaj.
Bihar banned the sale and consumption of alcohol last year.
And since then, more than 900,000 litres have been confiscated by police.
But when Maharaj asked inspectors where all of the liqueur was being kept, he claims he was told that a lot of it had been consumed by rats.
Officials, who have now ordered an inquiry into the claims, have demanded more than 1,000 police stations in the state must now routinely audit their stock.
Speaking to The Hindu newspaper, Maharaj said police officers will also be routinely checked for alcohol consumption.
He said: ‘If they fail the test they could even lose their jobs, apart from being prosecuted under the new stringent excise and prohibition laws.’