Tuesday was no different for the residents of Indore, the business capital of Madhya Pradesh, as long queues of anxious customers waiting to exchange and deposit old currencies outside banks and ATMs continued. Reopening after the one-day holiday, most of the banks in the city introduced token system for better crowd management. Some of them also made seating arrangements for the customers.
Manager of Bank of India branch in Indore district, Mukesh Bhatt said all the 1,200-odd ATMs in the district were being refilled, but in most cases cash got exhausted within a couple of hours.He admitted that the problem was more acute in the rural areas and many people were flocking to Indore. On Sunday, `85 crore had been exchanged by the State Bank of India and Rs 62 crore had been changed by the Bank of India in Indore.
Ban on social media posts ruffle feathers
District collector P Narahari’s decision to ban objectionable and inflammatory comments on social media and instant messaging services over demonetisation, has not go down well with the people.
Many said the order restricted their freedom to express opinion on the issue freely.
A peeved Sarja Jain, who owns a boutique at Anoop Nagar, said: “What sort of order is this? Here the people genuinely suffering from problems of demonetisation and we can’t even express our feelings?”
On Monday, Narahari issued the order under CrPC Section 144 (2) putting a ban on objectionable and inflammatory posts on social media over the issue. But sources say, jokes on the currency ban abounded on social media.
Earlier, on Sunday the district collector had issued another order to dispel rumours of shortage of salt, vegetables and grains in the city.
He had said that there were ample stock is maintained in the godowns of these essential commodities and had warned that action would be taken against such rumour mongers.
Additional district magistrate, Ajay Dev Sharma told HT that so far they have not received any complaints about objectionable posts.
I-T raid on Ratlam jeweller
A 25-member income tax department team raided a jewellery showroom in Ratlam’s Sarafa market on Tuesday. The income tax team detained all the employees of Ratlam’s Katariya Jewellers showroom inside the shop. As soon as news of raid spread in the market, all the jewellery shops in the area were shutdown.
Despite several attempts, the income tax sleuths could not be reached for comments.
22-yr-old dies of heart attack after standing in queue in Ratlam
A 22-year-old man, who was standing in a queue for two-and-half-hours to exchange demonetised currency notes at a bank in Ratlam district, died following a heart attack on Tuesday, the police said.
Sanjay Prajapati was standing in a queue outside a Central Bank of India’s branch in Tal area along with his father Babulal around 10 am when the father-son duo was told that they had to show the original Aadhaar card to deposit the old currency into their bank account. As the duo had only a photocopy of their Aadhaar card, Sanjay rushed home to get the original document. Sanjay collapsed and lost consciousness soon after reaching home that was about 500 metres away from the bank. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. Police have registered a case.