A bizarre incident in Assam has caught attention 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 completely destroyed. Pictures of the shredded notes inside the ATM have left us stunned.
Following a technical failure, the SBI ATM in Laipuli area – still containing cash – had been out of order. A day before, a private security firm had deposited Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes amounting Rs 29.48 lakh.
When technicians arrived to fix the ATM, they found currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 torn to pieces and also found a dead mouse inside the ATM. The overall cash destroyed by the rats amounted to Rs 12,38,000. Undamaged currency notes amounting to Rs 17.10 lakh were recovered from the ATM.
The rat was small enough to evade the ATM’s security camera and burrow inside. When the rodent’s body was retrieved, it was already a stiff and withered corpse.
Although investigators found no footage of a rat entering the machine after reviewing security cameras, they later deemed that no foul play is suspected.
While the regional State Bank of India branch might be out 1.2 million rupees, we can still laud the daring creature for for swimming through a sea of hard cash, and paying with its life for what was presumably a long held dream.