Danish Ahmad Khan is a resident of Okhla and like other Indians he claimed that he too has been hit hard by the banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. In his timeline, he wrote: “These are the scenes outside various ATMs and Banks in Shaheen Bagh, Batla House (Okhla) and Jasola District Centre (Sarita Vihar) where I visited to exchange Rs. 500 notes (Rs. 4,000) and withdraw some money.
“Yesterday, I spent whole day at ATMs to withdraw money but failed and returned harassed, empty handed at night.
“Today, I left my residence at 10 am, spent 6 hours at Jasola District Centre ICICI Bank to exchange money (ATM had no cash all day long despite being part of Bank Branch) but similar fate awaited me and hundreds of people waiting helplessly in queues. I couldn’t withdraw any money and returned empty handed. I had only Rs. 50 in my pocket to run my household. Finally, an autorickshaw driver came to my rescue who agreed to change Rs. 1,000 for a commission of Rs. 200. I got Rs. 800 in return of my hard-earned Rs. 1,000…”
He is not the only one several residents narrate their ordeal. Despite Sunday being holiday, large queues were seen outside banks and ATMs across Okhla with residents waiting in line for hours to have their turn to lay hands on some money to run their household. Though tempers ran high, no violent incidents were reported from the deprived locality.