On Tuesday evening, Delhi Police’s PCR unit received a complaint. A woman standing in an ATM queue in northeast Delhi had tore off the clothes of a lady constable. Police sources said many such calls have been flooding the PCR since the Centre announced demonetisation.
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In such a scenario, police personnel, especially those posted in lower ranks such as beat officers, have been multi-tasking. Besides regular work, they are also looking after gatherings at ATMs and banks in their areas.
Police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma had sent a message to his 85,000 personnel, advising them not to withdraw more than Rs 10,000 from their salary account on the first week of this month, so that availability of cash could be maintained for citizens.
A beat constable in south Delhi told The Indian Express that he was told by his seniors to manage the gathering and chaos at banks or ATM kiosks apart from his regular work. Over 100 companies of police personnel, including 20 companies of paramilitary force, are still deployed on road.
“Initial days of demonetisation were a little difficult, but now things are slowly becoming normal. Our men are on the job,” said Special Commissioner of Police (PCR) Sanjay Beniwal, adding that they knew after the November 8 announcement that “it was going to be explosive”, so they made a layout to manage the things.
Special Commissioner of Police (north zone) SBK Singh said the force had to face problems initially. “We gave feedback to the RBI regarding the problem. We also requested the RBI to increase the frequency of cash replenishment at ATMs,” Singh said.