Police in India have blamed rats for nibbling on currency notes worth more than $18,173 stored in an ATM of the State Bank of India in Tinsukia area.
Tinsukia Police said it got a complaint from officials of the local branch of the state-run loan specialist on June 14, saying they discovered notes worth Rs 12,38,000 in shreds in one of its ATMs on the edges of Tinsukia town, reports Hindustan Times.
Prakash Sonowal, Tinsukia’s additional director of police, said the bank in its complaint revealed that the ATM was not functional for about 12 days. “It was not dispensing cash,” he said.
An authority from Sijuguri police headquarters, who went to the ATM, said the issue was discovered after a vault cutting unit arrived from Kolkata to check the malfunctioning machine. The official said the rats could have entered the machine through a little opening meant for wires.
“The carcass of a rat was found among the destroyed notes,” the authority said; including that the bank authorities figured out how to salvage another Rs 17,10,000 stored in the ATM.
The harmed banknotes were of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denomination, the police said.
The police have precluded any unfairness despite the fact that the bank authorities did not get a breeze of it for over 12 days after the ATM was closed down following technical failure.
“We have not discovered the inclusion of any bank official or any outsider,” the police official stated,
The authority said that the report has been sent to the concerned SBI authorities.
The photos of the destroyed notes inside the ATM have gone viral on Facebook and Twitter. Many have called it a demonetisation Part 2 and a “surgical strike by mice”.