Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

Nov 08, 2018, 17:30 IST
  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Woman strips after being unable to exchange old notes at RBI: On January 4, 2017, a 30-year old woman stripped outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office in protest after she could not exchange her old demonetised currency notes from the central bank for the last three days, police said. The woman, who works as a maid, visited the RBI along with her minor child but as she was again not allowed to enter, protested vocally and cursed demonetisation. "I am disappointed at the misbehaviour of RBI security personnel. When I was cursing the RBI for not allowing me to exchange my savings, the RBI security personnel called local police to keep me away," she had said

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Tired of standing in an ATM queue for a long time, woman strips: In November 2016, according to reports circulating on WhatsApp, a woman who was frustrated by waiting in line at an ATM in Mayur Vihar Phase 3 in New Delhi took off her shirt in protest against the shortage of the currency by the ban imposed on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The bystanders were shocked and women police personnel were called on the scene to help her cover up. The woman was then taken to Ghazipur Police Station. Cops claimed the person involved in the incident was a transgender who wasn't allowed to stand in the queue. The stunt, however, seemed to have worked in her favour, because after brief questioning, the woman was taken to a nearby ATM where she was able to withdraw cash

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Tragedy in Mumbai! Senior citizen dies in ATM queue: Just a couple of days following the note ban, a senior citizen from Mumbai lost his life. In the chaos of citizens waiting in the queue to get their currency exchanged, a 73-year-old man, who was standing outside a State Bank of India branch in Mulund collapsed. Vishwanath Vartak, was standing in a queue at Navghar area of Mulund (East) to exchange his notes when he suddenly fell down. Some people, who were also in the line, rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead before admission

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Customer in Mumbai, bank employee in Pune lose their lives: On November 17, 2016, mid-day reported of these two deaths. The family of a customer, Deepak Shah (53), said he had been going to the Bassein Catholic Bank branch at Bhayander for three days, and was standing in the queue from 7 am to exchange the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, when he complained of chest pain and collapsed on the floor. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead. The employee died while he was storing money in the bank in Pune. Tukaram alias Appa Ganbhau Tanpure (53) was a resident of Rajguru in Khed. Tukaram worked as a senior clerk with State Bank of India. "He was in charge of handling the mob, and was also asked to tag the note bundles and keep them in the treasure room of the bank," said a family member

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Woman has miscarriage as Bihar clinic declines old notes: A Patna resident on November 16, 2016, claimed that his unborn child died because a clinic refused to conduct an ultrasound on his wife in exchange of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Rajeev Ranjan Singh, a resident of Ramlakhan Path in Kankarbagh colony in Patna, said that he rushed to a physician his pregnant wife after she complained of stomach pain. The physician recommended an ultrasound diagnostic test. But the clinic refused to accept old notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 denomination. "Despite my repeated requests, the clinic refused to conduct an ultrasound in exchange for old notes and due to delay in treatment my wife had a miscarriage. We have lost our child," he had said. Adding insult to the injury, several chemists also refused to sell medicines and injections required to stop bleeding after the miscarriage as he only had old currency notes

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Loo and behold! Man writes cheque for Rs 5 for using public toilet: A man from Madurai found a unique way to handle the demonetisation issue. He apparently used the public toilet and paid the Rs. 5 he owed by cheque. A Facebook user -- Brm Muralidharan -- shared a picture of the Rs 5 cheque on his page and it went viral. Though the post invoked mixed reactions, Muralidharan seemed to consider demonetisation as a step towards achieving a cashless economy. Along with the picture of the cheque, Muralidharan also posted, "Country moving towards 'Cashless Economy'. Payment made by cheque for Rs. 5 for using the Public Toilet in Madurai, TN. Goosebumps!!"

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    'Pardes Mein Hain Mera Dil' cast's novel way to tackle demonetisation: The cast of the Arjun Bijlani-Dhrashti Dhami-starrer 'Pardes Mein Hain Mera Dil' had found a novel way to tackle Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move. Each one tried to help the other, especially the less privileged ones. A piggy bank was kept on the sets into which the cast of the show put cash and coins to ensure there is enough money to pay chaiwallas and helpers around. They also lent money from that piggy bank to crew members who don't have a bank account and are facing the brunt of being broke

  • Demonetisation chaos: Naked protests, withdrawal limits, deaths

    Not all that bad! Maharashtra's first cashless village: On December 1, 2016 residents of Dhasai, a village 140 kms from Mumbai in Murbad, Thane district, ditched cash and started conducting all financial transactions on card-swiping machines. Right from the chicken shop owner to the barber, farmers and the local physician, everyone had decided to use plastic money. A jibe by a Rajya Sabha member about farmers unable to wield plastic money, and losses from demonetisation proved inspiration. Stung by an offensive remark by a Rajya Sabha MP over demonetisation, the entire village in Maharashtra decided to go cashless, which was the first in the country. Dhasai is home to a population of 10,000. Thanks to the Jan Dhan Yojana, almost all villagers already had the Rupay ATM card

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On November 8 2016, Narendra Modi announced demonetisation, banning higher currency notes Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. He also announced that the government would print new versions of Rs 500 and introduce Rs 2000 notes. The overnight ban by the PM in a televised announcement was initiated with the objective of getting rid of illegal and counterfeit notes. We look at some incidents on how demonetisation impacted the life of citizens


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