Rat shreds million in notes after getting into ATM in India

Lloyd Doyle
June 23, 2018

It remains uncertain how the rat got past the machine's security camera.

When they opened it up, they found the dead rat and notes worth nearly 1.3 million rupees (£14,000) chewed to shreds inside.

The costly invasion in Assam state was only detected by bank officials after complained that the machine was faulty and had stopped dispensing cash, police in Tinsukia district said.

"We have started an investigation into this rare incident and will take measures to prevent a recurrence".


Police superintendent Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta said the rat entered the machine through a hole intended for cables. The State Bank of India has more than 50,000 ATMs across the country.

More than half of the 2.9 million rupees (42,685 USD) were recovered unharmed, according to the report.

The rats munched through an estimated 1.2 million rupees (£13,000) worth of hard currency, local media reported. Photographs taken by a local reporter and reviewed by Reuters after the ATM was opened showed fragments of gray and purple coloured notes of 500- and 2000-rupee denominations.

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