Cops on their toes to keep law in order
After the announcement of scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes along with the closing of ATMs and banks, police personnel in the city were kept on their toes for security arrangements till December 30.
According to senior police officials, people are eager to do huge transactions from banks and ATMs. Hence, there is a possibility of theft, robbery or other criminal activities. So to avoid such criminal invites, Delhi Police have made adequate arrangements near ATM booths and banks in and around these spots, said the official. Also, till Friday, policemen have been deployed at petrol pumps, pharmacy shops near hospitals to avoid scuffle between customers and the staff related to the currency issue.
Meanwhile, since Wednesday morning, Delhi Traffic Police have shown a softer side for the violators as many of them who were caught violating traffic rules were offering notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 to pay a challan.
In a bid to get rid of this chaos, most traffic cops were seen giving relaxation to the violators, while several others were issued court challans. According to the Delhi Traffic Police data, on Wednesday around 30 to 35 per cent less challans were issued.
Till 6 pm on Wednesday, Delhi Police Control Room received more than 215 calls seeking police intervention as Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes became invalid. Maximum calls were about establishments — mainly petrol pumps and retailers — not accepting the two denominations, said a senior official in the department.