A strange incident has come to light from the Ashiana branch of Bank of Baroda in Muradabad. A female account holder here has complained that termites have infested her bank locker, damaging 18 lakh rupees she had kept inside. She alleges that the hard-earned money she had stored in the locker has been consumed by termites, leaving behind only shreds of notes instead of cash. Following the woman’s allegations, there is commotion among the bank staff.
Currently, the bank has taken responsibility for the matter, citing the locker rules and agreements. They have informed the woman that cash cannot be kept in lockers as per the rules. However, the distressed woman insists that she had diligently saved this money over time for her daughter’s wedding.
The revelation occurred on Monday when the account holder woman opened her locker and found termites infesting the torn pieces of notes inside it instead of the money. She immediately reported it to the bank staff, demanding reimbursement for her loss. The bank has initiated an investigation into the matter. The victim, Alka Pathak, explained that she pays for her children’s tuition fees with this money. She had been using the locker at Bank of Baroda for several years. Prior to this, in October 2022, she had kept 18 lakh rupees in a black plastic bag inside the locker, along with some jewelry. She mentioned that a few days ago, she received a letter from the bank instructing her to come for a locker agreement renewal and KYC update. Upon receiving the bank’s letter, she decided to check the locker when she visited the bank on Monday.
The woman revealed that when she opened the locker, she found termites infesting the bag with cash inside. Her hard-earned savings had been destroyed by the termites, leaving only a few torn pieces of notes behind. She immediately reported this to the bank branch manager. The branch manager and other staff members rushed to the locker room. Upon receiving the information, the police also arrived at the scene.
Other female customers also reported termite infestations in their lockers when two other customers checked their lockers. This incident has caused a stir in the bank. The news of termites infesting the lockers has also alarmed other customers.
Alka Pathak had saved the money separately for her daughter’s wedding. Bank manager Vivek Kumar stated to the media that after Alka Pathak’s complaint, they inspected the locker, where they found a bag of damaged money lying outside the locker on the floor. Banks regularly take measures to protect lockers from termites and other pests. An investigation is underway to determine how termites entered the locker.