Rats blamed for eating N17m banknotes inside ATM

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Technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it up, BBC reports.

Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (about N17m) had been shredded – and the suspected culprits are rats. Police said the rodents 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. .

Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days. Technicians who took the unit apart, managed to salvage another 1.7m rupees.

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