A day after a Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch was vandalised in Patti in Punjab, angry customers did not let the staff enter the bank premises on Friday.
Irked by unavailability of cash, scores of customers had damaged the bank branch on Thursday. Hundreds of customers gathered outside the bank on Friday morning and started raising anti- slogans forcing the bank staff to leave.
The bank staff took shelter in the nearby office of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. They also tried to pacify the agitated customers, but in vain and had to return home.
A police team led by station house officer (SHO) of the city police station Bharat Bhushan persuaded the protesters and the staff was allowed to enter the branch later at around 2pm.
The branch manager said they are feeling insecure. “Only two security guards were deployed on Thursday when customers stormed the bank. Police are too helpless,” he added.
He further reiterated that against the daily requirement of Rs 40 lakh, bank is only getting Rs 10 lakh. We have to face the wrath of customers, especially pensioners. The situation is getting out of or hand.
Sensing the situation, five additional cops have been deployed in the bank for the staff security.