Social media was abuzz with rumours following the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, even as Delhi police officials urged people not to spread or be influenced by them, and said action would be taken against rumour mongers.
In Chandni Chowk, owing to large crowds outside ATMs, a rumour spread that there was a stampede in which four people were injured. However, senior police officers from the district calmed the situation.
“There is no stampede outside any #Bank or #ATM in #ChandniChowk. Please don’t spread or come under the influence of any #Rumour ! We will also be taking cognisance of all social media accounts which are spreading #Rumours !! It’s an offence under section 505 of IPC. (sic),” said DCP (north) Madhur Verma in a series of tweets.
“Don’t believe in #rumours! Situation is peaceful and people are cooperating. #CashRush #Bealert. Appeal to all to maintain peace and law and order when waiting in line at Bank! #Bealert #Besafe #CashRush #Alliswell,” tweeted Esha Pandey, additional DCP-I (north).
Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, people queued outside banks to exchange their high denomination currency. Security was beefed up outside banks and ATMs, with paramilitary personnel being deployed along with local police. At some places, RAF jawans were also deployed to keep the situation under control.
“The crowd is more since it’s a weekend and many people have an off today. The crowd is swelling by the hour,” said a senior police officer.