Delhi Police deploys more forces outside banks to control crowds

Referring to the rumour, senior Delhi police officers said they will come down strictly on people who spread rumours to create panic.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2016 5:55 pm
delhi, delhi banks, bank queue, delhi bank crowd, demonetisation, atms in delhi, delhi atm rush, delhi police, currency exchange banks, indian express news, india news New Delhi: People lined up outside an ATM to withdraw 100 rupees notes in New Delhi after PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced demonetization of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes. (Source: PTI Photo)

The weekend saw even more rush and chaos outside bank branches and ATMs with cash-strapped people struggling to buy even daily items even as Delhi Police deployed more forces to maintain calm and warned of strict action against those trying to spread rumours on social media.

To manage anxious crowds, as many as 3,400 personnel of paramilitary and Delhi Police along with 200 quick reaction teams have been deployed at ATMs and banks across the national capital. In addition to this, RAF jawans were also deployed at certain points to monitor the situation. Senior officers of Delhi Police were also present at important junctions to oversee the security arrangements.

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“The crowd is more since it’s a weekend and many people have an off today. The crowd is swelling by the hour,” a senior police officer said. In Chandni Chowk, owing to a large crowd outside ATMs, rumour spread that there was a stampede in which four people were injured. Following the rumours, senior officials from the district also visited the area to calm the situation.

Referring to the rumour, senior officers said they will come down strictly on people who spread rumours to create panic. “There is no stampede outside any #Bank or #ATM in #ChandniChowk. Please don’t spread or come under the influence of any #Rumour ! We will also be taking cognisance of all social media accounts which are spreading #Rumours !! It’s an offence under section 505 of IPC. (sic)” said DCP(North) Madhur Verma, in a series of tweets.

“Don’t believe in #rumours! Situation is peaceful and people are cooperating. #CashRush #Bealert. Appeal to all to maintain peace and law and order when waiting in line at Bank! #Bealert #Besafe #CashRush #Alliswell,” tweeted Esha Pandey, additional DCP-I (North). Yesterday, rumours had spread about shortage of salt following which clashes also broke out in certain parts of Delhi and police officers took to social media to dispel rumours.

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  1. A
    Nov 13, 2016 at 12:16 am
    mad house delhi with mad CM.
    1. Velayudhan Sathyaseelan
      Nov 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm
      Deployment of police is not the need of the hour,whereas some actions should be taken immediately to alleviate the sufferings of the common man, who is the most affected due to this reform of the government. And at the same time, the bank staff shouldn't behave rudely to these men in distress at least to avoid situations similar to this one - the destruction of the bank itself.
      1. S
        s s nair
        Nov 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm
        Call military to deal with people who have lost faith in the govt handling their cash in bank. Modi is insensitive of the mood of people.