Udaipur : Like the booze guzzlers in Bihar, Rajasthan too have drunk rats. Atleast the excise officials claim so that rodents drank away a large quantity of liquor that was seized from a private party eight years ago. The statement though unbelievable was taken in record by the ACJM-3 (additional chief judicial magistrate) court here during a hearing that was held on Monday.
The excise department had on 16 June 2009 raided one Piyush Suhalka’s home at Roshanlal ji-ki-Bari here and seized 36 cartons of beer and 83 quarter bottles of various brands. In the earlier hearing, the accused’s counsel Ganpat Chowdhary had demanded from the court to summon the excise department officials alongwith the seized stock of liquor. On Monday, the excise department godown incharge Jamadar Poorab Singh appeared before the court and produced all empty quarter bottles. “ There was only some beer in few bottles while the rest were empty. There were no marks, numbering for identification on the bottles and when I cross questioned him on the empty ones, the incharge said that the liquor stock had diminished due to natural reasons” Chowdhary told TOI. When the court asked explanation for the natural reasons, the excise official said it might had been gulped down by rats or slackened of humidity. The next hearing has been slated for May 15, the counsel said.
Last week in Bihar, the Patna SSP in a meeting of all SHOs’ had asked about the status of liquor seizures in the ‘maalkhanas’. To his surprise, several officers informed him that liquor worth crores of rupees had gone missing and they reasoned that the rats at the maalkhanas perhaps drank them all.