Irked by non-availability of cash, scores of people attacked a branch of Punjab National Bank (PNB) here on Thursday and vandalised bank property.
Around 300 persons were queued up outside the bank since morning, but due to cash crunch in the branch, several of them could not get cash despite long wait. At around 1 pm, the bank officials said they had no more cash. Those who could not get money got agitated and started shouting at the bank employees. They later stormed the bank and started vandalising the furniture and other items, including computers and electronic appliances.
They damaged tables, chairs, sofas, counters, printer-cum-copier, LCD screen and other costly items.
“We immediately informed the police which rushed to the bank within a few minutes and controlled the irate customers”, said AL Sood, branch manager.
He added, “I will bring the matter to the notice of the higher authorities so that they provide us sufficient cash to avoid such incidents in future.”
Balwinder Kaur, a customer, said “I have been visiting the bank branch to get cash for several days. But every day, the cash is over before my turn. In such a situation, what can you expect from the public?”
Assistant sub-inspector Panna Lal said the matter was being investigated and those who led the attack would be identified. He said the people, however, did not attack the bank employees who were all safe.