It was December 1 – pay day. But unlike other pay days, this one was different as it is the first one after the demonetisation move undertaken by the Narendra Modi government. Expectedly, the Delhi Police Control Room (PCR) unit received over 400 calls regarding disputes during cash withdrawal from ATMs and banks from across Delhi. Sources said most of the calls were related to breaking the queue and several miscreants misbehaving with ATM security staffs. As per sources, a total of 400 calls were received till 8 PM, with most of them being made between before noon.
Sanjay Beniwal, Special Commissioner of Police (PCR) said PCR staff was deployed near most of the ATMs in anticipation of possible disputes during cash withdrawal. “None of the incidents escalated due to the alertness of our staff,” he told The Indian Express.
Police sources revealed that adequate security arrangements were made by them outside the banks and ATMs. The Station House Officers (SHOs) have also been asked to keep an eye on this and increase the frequency of patrolling when customers are depositing and withdrawing cash.
Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner and police spokesperson, said police personnel will be deployed at banks and ATMs for a few more weeks. He added, “On pay day, several calls were received from ATMs and banks but none of them escalated. Our staff acted swiftly.”