Termites devour 10 Million rupees in Indian bank vault

Police in India are investigating after termites apparently broke into a bank’s strong room and munched their way through 10 million rupees ($EC599,400) of currency, Global Post reports.

Staff at the State Bank of India in Arthur, near the northern India city of Luck, were horrified when they opened the steel vault to discover the damage, blaming it on an insect infestation.

Reports said police have not ruled out foul play.

Acting bank manager J.P. Dived blamed the age of the building housing the strong room, saying it was riddled with termites.

“We have been trying our best to keep currency notes safe but the termite problem here is so enormous that it would be better to move the branch elsewhere,” he told Daily News & Analysis.

Police spokesman Nanette Rama said termites had previous damaged bank furniture and documents before turning their attention to the strong room, where cash had been stored since January.

“It’s a matter of investigation how termites attacked bundles of currency notes stacked in a steel chest,” he told the Associated Press.

He said police had registered a case of negligence by bank officials over the destruction, the full value of which was not immediately known.

“The exact amount of damaged currency is still to be calculated, but it is estimated to be around [10 million rupees],” he said.

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  1. megboy
    April 26, 2011

    dem termites had an accomplice

  2. Glenda gime One Bananabread to go please
    April 24, 2011

    Damn they got expensive tatse eh :mrgreen:

  3. investgator
    April 24, 2011

    hungry termites yes, foul play could be, intellegent workers maybe ,can help themselves with some and give the termite the rest . i hope they find a good termite lawyer to defend them

  4. Anonymous
    April 24, 2011

    More work for Terminex. Those pest are so dangerous

  5. van
    April 24, 2011

    Are vaults not air tight?

    • hello!
      April 25, 2011

      Acting bank manager J.P. Dived blamed the age of the building housing the strong room, saying it was riddled with termites.

      “We have been trying our best to keep currency notes safe but the termite problem here is so enormous that it would be better to move the branch elsewhere,” he told Daily News & Analysis

    April 23, 2011


  7. a little humor does wonders
    April 23, 2011

    those ‘termites’ must be laughing there a$$ off.

  8. Mabouché
    April 23, 2011

    Whether it was the tax man or the termites, the money would still be eaten regardless!

  9. TeteMorne I from...
    April 23, 2011

    Where foul play coming in that? LOL

    • gwobeck
      April 25, 2011

      you never know, maybe they were playing outside and the termites run inside. Police always ridicul us.

  10. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    April 23, 2011

    Strange happenings. This is funny. I had to smile/laugh at this one. Never heard of this happening and never thought it could happen and in a vault which contains money. :lol: Lack of cleanliness would do it. How often was this bank cleaned? If it was cleaned frequently, what type of cleaning fluid was used? The bank does not have to move from its location. It should be disinfected and properly cleaned including the outside surroundings. The police have reason to hold the bank accountable.
    Employees could also transmit those termits right from their homes. Many people do not practice cleanliness which is the cause of diseases as transmittable ones and termites which infect the body, clothes and homes. They are passed on from people to people and into the workplaces of any nature.

    • crabfest
      April 23, 2011

      did you even read the article, do you know what termites are? It’s not a contageous desease my friend, and termites are not attracted by unclean surfaces, as a matter of fact dirty areas could be a hindrance to their activities, termites feed on wood, cardboard, paper and the likes, and they’d rather have then clean rather than dirty, hence the use of old oil on word to deter them. inform yourself.

      • Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
        April 26, 2011

        Yes! I know what termites are. There are also mites. They also lay eggs just as bugs and other such small animals which could cling to clothes. Those eggs are minute – cannot be seen – as people could also transmit them via their body, clothes and bags/purses.
        They are small and will find a way through crevices. No exception in the home.
        That government was negligent. They knew they had a problem and should have done something about it prior to this disaster occurring. They should also have protected their rupees by other means where termites cannot enter.
        If the building is old, it should have been sprayed with pesticides to eradicate the termites. They have to keep at it, be it done once a month. When termites or other bugs are allowed to proliferate, this is what occurs.
        Consider the population of India. That country is over-populated. How clean are those banks and how often were they cleaned and inside the vault?
        A bank staff, as custodian, is in charge of the vault. How often was the vault opened? This could not have occurred overnight. Did they not notice what was occurring?
        Have you heard of this occurring in the US, Canada or Europe? It has also not occurred in Dominica. Those banks are also old buildings especially banks in progressive countries.
        My instinct informs me that poor cleanliness, maintenance annd negligence caused this. Mark my words. Food for thought.

    • Life's Like That
      April 23, 2011

      Look, TJLPU. We met the termites in their place and tried to kill them and tried to concretize them out of existance. But they are there waiting for a pinhole of space for them to come and show us who is who. They can take up lodging in one night and destroy that money in less than 24 hours. They dont need light and they make no sound. One day some scientist is going to mimmic them to invent the greatest heist of all times. Have you read the book: “Microbes vs Mankind – The Coming Plague?” Haaa! You aint seen nuthin yet.

  11. Traitor
    April 23, 2011

    Great! jus great! nature takes the blame. dem animals eating well (rich diet)

      April 23, 2011


  12. Brain Damage
    April 22, 2011

    I thought it was human robbers only bursting into banks.

  13. Life's Like That
    April 22, 2011

    You dont say! It happens everywhere. Some people have to rebuild their house because of termites. I lost a beautiful antique upright piano because of termites. Somebody should take them to court.

    It reminds me of long, long ago, before bread was invented and soup was a prized meal, This man was enjoying his bowl of soup when this big ugly fly came from nowhere and landed right in his bowl of soup. The man begrudgingly give his soup to the dogs and decided to take the fly to court. The magistrte was very amused but ruled that the man had permission to kill a fly anywhere he saw one.

    Just then a fly decided to give the judge a warm time by buzzing around his head and resting on his nose. The complainant wasted no time. He quickly pulled off his smelly leather shoe and gave the fly a good wack.

    Well, he found himself in some real trouble then. He should have just let the fly alone.

    • Annie Get Your Gun
      April 25, 2011

      i cannot stop laughing, very funny, I am cracking up.

    • is dert!!
      April 25, 2011

      hahahahahahaha..i doe knw wher allu ppl does get..

  14. Just an Observation, Sir
    April 22, 2011

    The police must arrest those termites and take them to jail or to their (polices)homes and keep them their as exhibits. Bet the termites will plead not guilty and asked to be on bail on their own recognizance.

    Termites need more free time. :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  15. BMB
    April 22, 2011

    Just FYI Admin: 10 million rupees is the equivalent of EC$601,510. However, whatever the exchange rate …. “Better Belly Burst….than Good Food (money in this case) Waste” :)

    • GamePro
      April 23, 2011

      1 EC dollar is like $16.50 -17 Rupees…

      • Annie Get Your Gun
        April 25, 2011

        who needs a math class? this thing is so funny lighten up, laugh a little take the load off.

  16. Arnold
    April 22, 2011


  17. only
    April 22, 2011

    Hungry bugs, just like the bankers.

  18. The messenger.
    April 22, 2011

    The rupees, was terminated by the termites, what a joke. is it a bank made out of wood?

  19. KTS
    April 22, 2011


    April 22, 2011

    Its not funny, goes to the bank to withdraw my money only to be told that Termites broke into the bank and ate the money.

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