The currency scuffles: Delhi Police get 832 calls

Traffic policemen were instructed to issue court fines to offenders when it amounted to Rs 500 or above.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2016 2:39 am
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The Delhi Police Control Room (PCR) unit on Wednesday received more than 800 calls regarding disputes over currency notes. Sources said most of the calls were from hospitals, medical stores, railway stations and bus stands.

Sources said 832 calls were received between Tuesday night and Wednesday evening. The calls were related to disputes over Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, said sources. However, no complaints have been lodged in any of these cases.

A call was received from the Lakshmi Nagar branch of AXIS bank, where a scuffle broke out between two people over jumping the queue.

In Ashok Vihar, a man allegedly misbehaved with a chemist over currency.

In Okhla, a call was received from a dispensary alleging that the staff were not accepting money. At a petrol pump in Connaught Place, people asked for fuel worth Rs 200 or Rs 300 after giving Rs 500 notes, leading to arguments.

Special Commissioner of Police (PCR) Sanjay Beniwal said swift action was taken to address all complaints. “Our PCR staff is attentive and are keeping an eye on it,” said Beniwal.

Meanwhile, adequate arrangements have been made at petrol pumps and Kendriya Bhandar stores where notes with such denominations were allowed. Joint Commissioner of Police (spokesperson) Dependra Pathak said, “The moment this news broke, we analysed the places where crowds could assemble — petrol pumps, ATMs, Kendriya Bhandars — and deployed policemen.”

“We will have deployment at banks as well, once they reopen,” said Pathak.

Traffic policemen were instructed to issue court fines to offenders when it amounted to Rs 500 or above. “We issue two types of challans — spot challans and court challans. About 85 per cent of these amount to Rs 100 only. We issued court challans to offenders whose fine amount was Rs 500 or above,” Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said.