Bank guard fires in air to disperse crowd in Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 6 (IANS) With an impatient crowd trying to force their way into a branch of a private bank in Punjab’s Budhlada town, a security guard fired in the air to disperse them on Tuesday, police said.

The security guard standing outside the HDFC Bank branch in Budhlada town, nearly 190 km from here, fired three shots in the air from his weapon, saidpolice officials, who reached the spot later.

The rush at the bank was to withdraw and deposit money after the Nov 8 demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes announcxed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The crowd, which almost damaged the glass doors of the bank branch, ran here and there after the shots were fired in the air.

A passer-by recorded the entire incident on his mobile phone.

No case was registered by police.