The demonetisation move by the Centre has taken a toll on the alleged black money holders, but it has also created a chaotic situation in the banks and ATMs in Bhopal with bankers working overtime to cater to the long queues of customers to exchange their old notes.
Apart from the bankers who are working under immense stress, the policemen who are on duty near the banks and the ATMs are also under immense stress. They are deployed at the banks and the ATMs across to control the crowd and prevent any untoward incident amidst the chaos.
Few days ago the director general of police of Madhya Pradesh, Rishi Kumar Shukla, instructed the superintendents of police (SPs) of all the districts of the state to deploy adequate force at the banks and the ATMs to maintain law and order.
Speaking to HT on the issue, a police constable deployed near a bank in MP Nagar locality, who didn’t wish to be named, said that the pressure is obviously there on them as the queues at the banks are long.
“There is pressure on everyone after this demonetisation move. Though we are used to the work pressure on usual days, this pressure is just an addition to it. The pressure was more in the initial days of the move and we were on our toes to check any untoward incident. Now it has somewhat eased but it still exists,” said the constable adding that the co-operation of the public is a vital thing to handle the pressure.
Another policeman, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) who identified himself as Narendra only, while speaking to HT batted the thoughts of the constable and said that the pressure would soon be eased with passage of time.
“The pressure is also on the police, no doubt on that. But I believe that this pressure is a very small thing compared to the revolutionary change which would be there in the country’s economy due to the demonetization move. This pressure and stress is also a part of our duty and we are trying our best to contribute positively in this big change,” he added.
SP, Bhopal (north), Arvind Saxena, while speaking to HT said that the pressure on the police is not a new thing this is just another task for them.
“We are constantly attentive and alert at the banks and the ATMs to check any untoward incident which may give birth to a havoc in the city,” said Saxena.