The police late Thursday evening arrested a manager of a bank and its cashier in Rampura Phul for allegedly charging money for exchanging currency. On a complaint by Praveen Kumar, who worked as a commission agent, police have nabbed Manish Kumar, manager of the Oriental Bank of Commerce, and its cashier Gaurav Kumar, after registering a case under section 420 (cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.
The complainant alleged that the accused charged Rs 20, 000 from him for exchanging Rs 1 lakh in demonetised currency notes on November 29. People had also protested outside the bank alleging that bank officials were deliberately not giving them cash. Both accused were granted bail on Friday by a court in Rampura Phul. The bank staff also observed strike against their arrest on Friday.
Meanwhile, the people, who were standing in queue for getting new currency staged a protest outside the bank. Protests were also held outside the branches of Bank of India in Rampura Phul and the State bank of Patiala in Maur on Thursday, where people alleged that people, known to the bank staff, were getting preferential treatment in getting new currency while ordinary people have to wait for hours in queues.
Parwinder Singh, who worked with a private firm, and was standing in a queue outside a branch of the Punjab and Sind bank on the 100 Feet Road here, said that he has been standing in queue for the third time since demonetization was ordered. “It is getting tough to manage the household expenditure without cash. The limit to withdraw cash from the ATM should be increased to Rs 10,000,” he said.
A military man Lal Bahadur Gangwar, posted at the military station, rued: “We are managing some time during lunch time to stand in the queue for two-three hours, but to no avail. I have been in the line for fourth consecutive day, but hasn’t got cash yet. We even find it tough to answer our seniors as it is not easy to manage time daily to stand in the queue,” he said. He rued that he has to go home in Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, but due to lack of cash, he wasn’t able to go and even not in a position to send money back home for treatment of his sick son.