In an apparently bizarre incident, some rodents have reportedly “destroyed to shreds” notes worth Rs 12 lakh stored inside an SBI ATM in Assam’s Tinsukia district in India.
It was gathered that technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it up as notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (£13,300; $17,600; N17m) had been shredded – and the suspected culprits are rats.
The shocking stash was discovered by technicians who had been asked by the bank to fix the ATM on June 11.
The police said rodents were behind the ATM incident as they probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported.
“The remains of a rat were found among the shredded notes. We have not found the involvement of any bank official or any outsider,” Tinsukia’s additional superintendent of police Prakash Sonowal said adding that the bank employees had managed to save another Rs 17,10,000 ($25,000) left in the ATM.
Meanwhile, photos of the chewed cash at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district have since gone viral on internet – especially Twitter.
Yes! The rat did a fine job of making a very expensive nest worth 12 lakhs pic.twitter.com/SglTeV1Xum
— Karma Paljor (@Karma_Paljor) June 18, 2018
Really Size doesn’t matter!! What a rat this is! Rat-bitten bank notes worth Rs 12 lakh 38 thousand. Torn notes and dead rat found inside ATM in Tinsukia Assam. Rat found dead before little one could bite remaining Rs 17 lakh 10 thousand. pic.twitter.com/3Omns7gAZH
— Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi 🇮🇳 (@NANDANPRATIM) June 18, 2018
India’s rat problem is getting out of hand pic.twitter.com/QOwUxoANzm
— Akin (@AkinLynooo) June 20, 2018