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Police blame rats for eating N17m bank notes in ATM 


Police in India have blamed rats for nibbling on currency notes worth to 1.2m rupees (N17million). The eating bank notes were found shredded to bits in a malfunctioning cash machine in Assam, Tinsukia district of India.
Technicians arrived to fix the malfunctioning ATM and were shocked to see the money in it has been destroyed. Pictures of the shredded bank notes at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district were widely shared on Twitter with many calling the incident a “surgical strike by mice”.
In one of the pictures, a dead rodent can be seen lying in the midst of the shredded cash.
Police said the rodents probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported.
Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days, the Hindustan Times added. Technicians who took the unit apart found banknotes of 2,000 and 500 rupee denominations destroyed. They managed to salvage another 1.7m rupees, officials said.
Meanwhile, the police have ruled out any foul play even though the bank officials did not get a wind of it for more than 12 days after the ATM was shut down following technical failure.
“We have not found the involvement of any bank official or any outsider,” the police official said.

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