Mice shred currency notes inside ATM in Assam‘s Tinsukia

GUWAHATI: A colony of mice launched a surgical strike at an unused ATM by shredding currency notes worth over Rs 12 lakh at Laipuli under Sijubari outpost in Assam‘s Tinsukia district.

Police said that currency notes worth Rs 12,38,000 were damaged by mice while notes worth Rs 17,10,000 were left untouched at the ATM which belongs to the State Bank of India.

Police said that the ATM was left unused for more than three weeks because of some technical glitches.

“On June 14 when the ATM was opened for repair, technicians found shreds of currency notes of different denomination, including many Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes. Few mice were also found inside the ATM. A formal complaint has been lodged with the police at Sijubari outpost,” a senior police official in Tinsukia told TOI.

Notes worth Rs 17,10,000 were left untouched at the ATM which belongs to the State Bank of India.

An SBI official also confirmed the damage done to the currency notes by the colony of mice that gathered at the unused ATM.

According to reports, the ATM was run by a Guwahati-based financial company.

The SBI official said that they are looking into the matter of repairing the ATM.

Police said that they can do very little into the incident, because it‘s a matter that had to be sorted out by the bank itself.

“Had it been a case of miscreants sabotaging the ATM machines and damaging the currency notes, we would definitely have a role to play. But in this case, it‘s the mice that played foul,” a police official said.
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