Technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it upand found out that the cash in the ATM had been eaten up by rats.
Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (about N63.6 million) had been shredded. Police said the rats probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported.
Pictures of the chewed cash at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district were widely shared on Twitter. One shows a dead rodent lying in the debris.
This has however sparked series of reactions on the social media platform as a lot of people are of the belief that there is more to the story and how possible will a bank leave an dysfunctional ATM for more than a week without checking on it.
Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days, the Hindustan Times added.
“According to the report we got from the officials of the bank, the ATM had been faulty for close to two weeks before they sent technicians to work on it only to find rats in the machine eating up all the money in the ATM” he said
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.