The Hush Post: In what can be termed nothing less than “surgical strike” by rats, currency notes worth over Rs 12 lakh were destroyed inside an ATM machine of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Assam’s Tinsukia district.
The incident came to light recently when repairmen visited the ATM that was not working. On opening the ATM machine, they found heaps of shredded Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 rupee notes. As per a report in The Indian Express, the officials of the have confirmed, currency notes worth Rs 12,38,000 were destroyed by rats inside the ATM machine. A Guwahati-based financial company FIS: Global Business Solutions, had reportedly deposited 29 lakh rupees in the ATM on May 19, a report said.
A local journalist has also confirmed in this report: “The ATM had stopped working the following day. May 20 to June 11 is a significant period of time for an ATM to be out of service. People are suspicious as to why it took so long for the mechanics to arrive.”
A local news channel had reported on Monday that bank officials have recovered notes worth Rs 17 lakhs from the ATM. However, many are still doubtful about what exactly happened inside the ATM. The SBI has lodged an FIR with the local police to start a probe into the episode, the report said.