Termites dine out in bank vault
Published 22/04/2011 | 08:57
Termites have devoured currency notes worth 10 million rupees (£135,260) in a steel bank chest in northern India, police revealed.
Officer Navneet Rana said the bank manager discovered the damage when he opened the reinforced room in an old bank building.
Mr Rana said: "It's a matter of investigation how termites attacked bundles of currency notes stacked in a steel chest."
He added that the termites had damaged bank furniture and documents in the past. The money was put in the bank chest in January.
Mr Rana said police have registered a case of negligence by bank officials in Barabanki, a town 20 miles south-west of Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital.
In India, police register a case before opening an investigation.