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Mad scramble to withdraw money as ATM gives more cash than requested in Bihar

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PATNA: Hundreds of customers made beeline in front of an ATM booth in Bihar on Friday evening after it began giving more cash than sought for.

By the time, the bank official could act, customers had walked away with a huge cash totaling around Rs872,000.

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Witnesses said an Indian Bank ATM located in central Bihar’s Jehanabad town gave Rs2,000 note to a customer when he entered the amount for Rs100.

He reentered the same amount of Rs100 to withdraw the cash and the machine again gave him Rs2,000.

Very soon, the news of the ATM machine giving excess cash spread like a wildfire in the areas as the local villagers rushed to the booth with many bank ATMs in hands to withdraw the cash.

Witnesses said the local residents literally scrambled to withdraw cash, emptying the ATM very soon.

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The local bank officials came to know about the faulty ATM giving excess cash quite late in the evening and by the time they could act, it had already been emptied.

According to authorities, each customer withdrew many times to lay their hands on raining cash.

Of them, there was a customer who had withdrawn nine times and walked away with Rs72,000, officials said adding they are trying to identify the customers.

“We are trying to identify the customers. Once their identity is established, the excess money will be realized from them,” assistant general manager Ravi Ranjan told the media on Saturday.

The problem occurred at 5 pm on Friday and in the next five hours, it saw heavy rush of customers who fought among themselves to lay their hand on bounty.

Officials said the ATM machine gave excess cash owing to some technical snags. Reports said the servicing of the machine had been done barely two days back.

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