Like other parts of the country, cash chaos prevailed in Okhla, a deprived locality with residents standing in long queue to lay their hands on new currency after Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 ban. “It was early morning that I got out of my home in the hope to get new currencies in lower denomination. But I could not manage things after seeing long queue outside ATMs. Where ever I went in Okhla, I found residents standing outside the ATMs and banks to get chance to exchange or get new currency. I returned empty hand and now I am thinking of going tomorrow,” said Nasim.
An autowallah said how he saw people standing in queue outside his house from 3 am so as to be first when the bank opens. In several places temper ran high. A resident said there was huge rush at one ATM in Jamia Nagar and as it was opened residents rushed and broke the glass gate. Nobody was injured, said the resident. Many locals said in many places there were heated argument between people over jumping queue.
A day ago there was violent protest in Shaheen Bagh over rumours of salt shortage. Several DTC buses were damaged in the protest by angry residents, according to reports. However, normalcy returned after police turned up at the spot and shooed away protesters from the spot.