Money is now no longer safe even in a bank locker. A man from Udaipur nearly lost Rs. 2.50 lakh in cash after termites destroyed the currency notes kept in his bank locker at the Punjab National Bank, Kala Ji Gora Ji branch in Udaipur.
Manoj Lodha, a resident of Udaipur told UT that on Thursday evening he along with his sister Sunita Mehta went to the Punjab National Bank as both of them are having their lockers in the bank. He operated his locker but when his sister opened her locker she got shocked when she found that the locker was infested with termites.
There were 10 bundles of 10 Rupee Notes, a bundle of 500 rupee notes and another bundle of 50 Rupee notes that were all eaten up by termites and the rest of the notes were scratched and pulled out with the help of a screw driver. The total amount affected was around Rs.2.5 lakh and there are more 25 such lockers that got affected. Manoj Lodha said that they immediately shared it with the Branch Manager of the bank. He changed the notes worth Rs. 15000 immediately and requested them to wait till he arranged for the rest of the amount.
Forensic expert was later called to examine the notes and pesticides were also sprayed in the lockers. Shocked with the incident Manoj later raised a complaint with the bank manger and demanded his money back.
He demanded that the bank should return his money which he lost due to termites. Manoj and his relatives later staged a protest outside the bank following which the bank later arranged to change al;l the currency notes totalling to Rs 2.5 lakh.