BHOPAL: A schoolteacher in Damoh was shocked to see an ATM dispensing new Rs 500 notes without any serial number. Narayan Ahirwal had withdrawn Rs 1,000 from his account through an ATM on Monday.

The two notes of Rs 500 denomination did not bear any serial number. “How’s it possible?”, he showed the notes to others while stepping out from the SBI ATM near government hospital in Damoh.

Sanjay Asati, another Damoh resident, was the next in queue. He too withdrew two Rs 500 currency notes and they too did not bear the serial number. Soon, there was an uproar among the people.

Someone called the police and the ATM was sealed for some time.

“I went to the nearest SBI branch, about a km away from ATM, and showed the notes to the officials but they refused to exchange them,” Narayan told the media.

Though the bank manager did not talk, branch employees told us to give them in writing about issue, Asati said.

This has not happened for the first time in Damoh, In the last one week, four such cases have happened including the two on Monday.

Three days ago, two similar incidents took place at the Ghantaghar ATM of Damoh. However, no police complaint was filed.

Talking to TOI, Damoh superintendent of police, Tilak Singh said, “I had come to know about the incident but have not yet received any complaint. Neither, the bank personnel nor the people who got the currency notes have lodged any FIR. In case we receive any complaint, we will definitely investigate.”

Bank sources said pleading anonymity such issues do come up and we advise the victim to submit the complaint in writing for investigations.

“It is not possible to exchange the note immediately”, bank sources said.