Malevolent ghosts stealing your chickens and torturing you in the night? Who you gonna call? For farmer Sunil Das, his first call was the police, who laughed at what they thought was a joke.
But a judge in India's northeastern state of Assam saw little humour in Das' allegation that ghosts controlled by his neighbours were making off with his poultry at night. Instead of laughing, the judge ordered police to get to work and find the culprits.
Police working the case said it was a first for them.
"We have dealt with hardcore criminals and armed militants but this is the first time we are required to pursue a case with a spooky angle to it."
"We are yet to crack the case but investigations are on," said an unidentified officer.