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Jawan thrown out of train for Rs 100 notes in MP

An army jawan onboard the GT Express said he was thrown out of the speeding train in Betul district by three men after they looted Rs 100 notes from him.

bhopal Updated: Nov 14, 2016 09:25 IST
A man showing new Rs 500 notes released in Bhopal on Sunday.
A man showing new Rs 500 notes released in Bhopal on Sunday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

An army jawan onboard the GT Express said he was thrown out of the speeding train in Betul district by three men after they looted Rs 100 notes from him.

The Andhra Pradesh-bound jawan, identified as Mallikarjun Nupur, was shifted to district hospital Betul for treatment.

Meanwhile, government railway police (GRP) ASI Sheikh Maqsool denied Nupur’s claims, accusing him of changing his statements and that when questioned, the jawan had not been sure about how he had fallen off the train.

Armed men loot sacks of salt in Morena

Sacks of salt kept outside shops at two locations in Morena were reportedly looted by unidentified men amid rumours about shortage of the essential commodity.

However, no complaint has been registered so far, police said.

The incidents took place at Sabji Mandi (vegetable market) and Jiwajigang Market under Kotwali Police Station area around midnight, eyewitnesses said. Masked men in pick-up vehicles came to the two markets, where shopkeepers keep gunny bags of salt outside their outlets at night, and looted those, eyewitnesses said.

“The shopkeepers have not yet reported about the loot. If they approach us we will investigate the matter,” Kotwali police station inspector Ajay Chanana said.

Two days ago, the Centre had dismissed rumours of shortage of salt in the market and said adequate stocks are available across the country.

New Rs 500 notes rolled out in Bhopal

The State Bank of India branch in Bhopal’s TT Nagar rolled out the first set of the newly issued Rs 500 notes on Sunday.

“With this, the people will have some respite. The work will be faster now. Till now, we were only giving Rs 100 notes. It was also taking up a lot of time. The people were really excited to receive the new Rs 500 note. It is a historic moment for all of us,” a bank employee said.

“It is a relief for us because small vendors and shopkeepers are not accepting Rs 2,000 bills due to a liquidity crunch, but it is easy to get change for Rs 500,” said Savita Joshi, a housewife.

Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said there is enough cash available in small denominations at banks, adding that the people must not be anxious and need not come over to banks repeatedly to draw and hoard cash.

“The Reserve Bank of India assures members of the public that enough cash in small denominations are also available at the Reserve Bank and banks. The Reserve Bank urges that public need not be anxious; need not come over to banks repeatedly to draw and hoard. Cash is available when they need it,” RBI said in a statement.

RBI’s announcement comes as anger of the public intensified on Sunday, with banks struggling to dispense money.

Cong workers serve water, tea to people in queues

With residents facing major hardships due to the paucity of cash in the wake of the demonetisation move, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh set up stalls outside some banks on Sunday and served refreshments to those standing in long queues.

“We had put some stalls in front of banks in the state capital, including Jahangirabad and Bairagarh localities, and served water and tea to people, especially senior citizens,” said Congress district president and state unit party general secretary PC Sharma.