Costly meal: 'Rats' shred notes worth Rs.12L in Assam ATM

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 20, 2018

In a freakish incident, rats chewed notes worth Rs. 12 lakh stored inside a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM in Assam's Tinsukia district.

The SBI ATM (DFBK - 000196116) in Laipuli area has been shut due to technical failure since May 20. It is when repairmen reached the ATM to fix it, did they discover that cash worth Rs 12.38 lakh was reduced to smithereens by mice.

As per reports, Rs 29 lakh was put in the ATM by the bank, but the machine stopped working the next day.

Tinsukia Police said it received a complaint from officials of the local branch of the state-run lender on June 14, saying they found notes worth Rs 12,38,000 in shreds in one of its ATMs on the outskirts of Tinsukia town.

Behind the closed doors, a mischief of rats was breeding in the booth. Wad of notes, amounting to nearly Rs 12 lakh, were found shredded to tiny bits inside the ATM machine on June 11.

As per SBI officials, around Rs 12, 38,000 Rupee notes were demolished by the mice.

"We have been able to salvage about Rs 17 lakh", a bank official confirmed to a local news channel, reported Indian Express. "People are suspicious as to why it took so long for the mechanics to arrive", the journalist, who first heard about the destruction through a Whatsapp forward, said.

The photographs of the shredded notes inside the ATM have gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.

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