Rats dead after chewing through $21,000 cash inside Indian ATM

It's estimated the rats destroyed 1.2 million rupees
It's estimated the rats destroyed 1.2 million rupees Photo credit: File

Rats have chewed through more than NZ$21,000 worth of cash inside an Indian ATM machine.

In the northeast Indian state of Assam, rats nibbled through more than 1 million Indian rupees worth of banknotes at an ATM machine in Tinsukia district, local media reports said. 

The wrecked banknotes were discovered by officials after someone complained that the machine wasn't working properly and had stopped dispensing notes, according to police. 

District police superintendent Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta said bank officials checked the ATM machine last week only to find a "dead rat and shredded banknotes when it was opened," the Guardian reports.  

"We've checked and there is no other criminal or conspiracy angle to the incident. It looks like the rats entered the machine through a small opening for some wires," Mr Mahanta said. 

It's estimated the rats destroyed 1.2 million rupees, local media have reported. Images of the ATM opened up show piles of 500 and 2000 rupee notes scattered across the floor. 

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