Termites eat millions at a bank in India

Termites chow on Indian currency: A bank in India opened a vault to find termites had eaten through millions of rupees, Friday.

Thomas Wright/University of Florida/AP/File
Termites like these at the University of Florida gnawed through 10 million rupees at an Indian bank, Friday.

It was an all you can eat buffet at the bank.

An army of termites munched through 10 million rupees ($222,000) in currency notes stored in a steel chest at a bank, police in northern India said Friday.

The bank manager discovered the damage when he opened the reinforced room in an old bank building on Wednesday, police officer Navneet Rana told The Associated Press.

"It's a matter of investigation how termites attacked bundles of currency notes stacked in a steel chest," he said. The money was put in the chest in January.

The termites had damaged bank furniture and documents in the past.

The police have registered a case of negligence against bank officials in Barabanki, a town 20 miles southwest of Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital. In India, police register a case before opening an investigation.

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