Banks technicians in the northern Indian state of Assam have discovered $24,000 in shredded bank notes inside one of their automated teller machines (ATM), after reports it had stopped working for almost two weeks.
When they opened up the back end of the machine, located in an SBI bank branch in the town of Tinsukia, laying amid banknotes worth 1.2 million rupees ($23,778) was a dead rat which security cameras had failed to detect.
Thankfully, a further 1.7 million rupees ($33,685) were recovered intact.
“The ATM was out of order for a few days and when our technicians opened the kiosk we were shocked to find shredded notes and a dead rat,” SBI branch manager Chandan Sharma told Reuters.
“We have started an investigation into this rare incident and will take measures to prevent a recurrence.”
SBI is India’s largest bank with more than 50,000 ATMs spread across the country. Most ATMs in India have a closed-circuit camera installed for enhanced security.
Mr Sharma said that after viewing the ATM footage, there was no evidence of a rat entering at any point.
CNN’s Karma Paljor tweeted photographs of inside the ATM, revealing the extent of the shredded currency.
“The rat did a fine job of making a very expensive nest worth 12 lakhs,” he tweeted.
Yes! The rat did a fine job of making a very expensive nest worth 12 lakhs pic.twitter.com/SglTeV1Xum
— Karma Paljor (@Karma_Paljor) June 18, 2018