Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav makes an appeal to the state police force to act with restraint as reports of police excesses on people standing in a queue in front of a bank branch or automatic teller machine reach here. He also asks for protection to bank officials who are a harassed lot these days due to cash -crunch.
Bank officials are working overtime to manage the situation and are doing whatever is possible to be done. The cash shortage has been mainly created by their masters in Delhi and Mumbai . This they should bear in mind, he said on Saturday while addressing the police men who are observing a police week which began on Friday.
Akhilesh might have had some reports in mind in which some police men were shown beating bank customers who had gone unruly. One such video which had covered an incident in the western part of the state had gone viral . Cash-shortage is being faced in many parts following demonetisation but excepting Delhi and Uttar Pradesh unruly crowd behaviour has not been reported from any part. Police men in those areas have also maintained calm while dealing with bank customers. It might have been his guide too.
In addition to the western part, people in the eastern and central regions have misbehaved with bank officials. In few places , the bank managers have been held hostages and banks locked by infuriate crowds.
Lakhimpur was the worst hit as at three places in the district people faced traffic jams, creating difficulties for the travellers. Sitapur district too witnessed road-blocks at a few places. Manager of a branch in Shrawasti disrict was held a hostage and was freed only after intervention by another group of villagers.
Meanwhile, as in some other places, large sums have been deposited in accounts of two poor customers in Varanasi district . Each one of them has been made richer by Rs 1.5 crores. Both the cases are being investigated.
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