Total disaster as rats chew and destroy R25 million stashed in ATM machine (PICS)


A bizarre incident in Assam has caught at the attention of Twitter and left many shocked. According to several reports, a State Bank of India (SBI) branch ATM in Assam's Tinsukia district bore the wrath of rodents that left currency notes worth Rs. 12 lakh (about R25 million) completely destroyed.

Pictures of the shredded notes inside the ATM have left Twitter stunned. While many expressed their shock over the incident, several others tried to make sense of the weird incident.

Following a technical failure, the SBI ATM in Laipuli area – still containing cash – had been out of order since May 20, reports Indian Express. A day before, a private security firm had deposited Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 notes amounting Rs. 29.48 lakh, reports The Hindu.

On June 11, when technicians arrived to fix the ATM, they found currency notes of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500 torn to pieces. The overall cash destroyed by the rats amounted to Rs. 12,38,000, reports the newspaper. Undamaged currency notes amounting to Rs. 17.10 lakh (about R34 million) were recovered from the ATM.

Local journalist Nandan Pratim Sharma Bordoloi tweeted a video, believed to be from the same ATM. The video shows a dead rat laying in a pile of shredded notes.

The viral news forced HDFC Bank to tweet a clarification, saying the incident did not occur at one of their ATMs, as was suggested by some viral forwarded messages.

Twitterati are both amused and stunned at the strange incident.

"Looks like the mice are having a demonitisation of their own," says one Twitter user. "The money launderer's version of 'My dog ate my homework'," says another.

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