Chaos prevailed outside banks for the eighth consecutive day, even as a few banks began using indelible ink to check that nobody is allowed to exchange their old currency notes more than once a week.
At the Sangam Vihar branch of State Bank of India, people waiting in serpentine queues were confused why those coming out of the bank were inked on their right index finger.
To make sure that there are no repeat exchangers, the government had announced the use of indelible ink for those who wish to exchange their old money — up to Rs 4,500.
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Chanchal, who was standing in line since 2.30 am and got the chance to go inside the bank 12 hours later, said, “I got Rs 4,500 exchanged, and it took me about half an hour inside the bank to get the money. While applying the ink on my finger, bank officials told me that I could come again next week and that the ink would come off by then.”
Subeda, another resident of the area, said, “We were told that the ink is being put so that we can’t come again this week.”
However, several others weren’t as lucky. While exiting the bank, some people said they were not being allowed to withdraw money from the branch, as the bank was focusing on exchange.
While security personnel initially assured people, who were standing for hours to withdraw money, that they would be given tokens to come during the day, the idea was later scrapped as they didn’t get approval from higher authorities.