Residents of Kaili village on Thursday blocked roads after the local bank was unable to dispense cash for the past two days, and prevented officials from opening the bank until police intervened in the afternoon.
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Villagers had been standing in long queues outside a Syndicate bank branch since the wee hours of Thursday. They created a ruckus when the bank manager asked those who needed cash to go home, and those who wanted to deposit money to remain in the queue.
“Jab bank me paise hi nahi hain to kholne ki kya zaroorat hai (What is the use of opening the bank if there is no money?),” villagers were quoted as saying. “The villagers started raising slogans against the banks, PM Modi and the district administration. They blocked roads and surrounded the bank, further restricting us from opening it. They were adamant to get money, but we were helpless as we had no money to distribute,” said Mukesh Kumar, manager of the Kaili bank branch.
Sources in the bank said they had received merely Rs 12 lakh in cash over the past 5-6 days. The bank received Rs 2 lakh cash on Tuesday, making the banking process extremely difficult for authorities. Later, Daraula police were called to pacify villagers and assure them of full cooperation. The bank resumed work at around noon.