ATMs, filling stations go dry

ATMs, filling stations go dry
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Jammu, Feb 17: In view of curfew imposition post violence on the third consecutive day on Sunday in this winter capital of the state, the Automated Teller Machines and fuel filling stations got dry while the people faced severe crisis of dairy products.
Due to curfew imposition, the ATMs of all banks in the winter capital go cashless as the bank authorities were not permitted to reload the cash into the machines.
The locals have complaint of facing cash crunch especially the attendants of many patients, who have to purchase medicines and other surgical items from the medical shops that remained open.
Many people, who are busy in the arrangements of marriage functions, have to rush outside the district to get cash from the ATMs.
Meanwhile the filing stations are also shut either due to shortage of fuel products as oil tankers were not being allowed to transport the fuel or due to curfew imposition especially in the sensitive parts where Army is deployed.
There were reports that at many places, police destroyed hundreds of litres of milk in the early morning, which was being supplied by the dealers to the shops dealing in sale of dairy products.
The shopkeepers have rued the police action claiming that instead of destroying the milk, which is one of the major needs in day to day life, the policemen should have warned them.
The locals while condemning the police force said that due to crunch of dairy products particularly the milk, the children cannot be fed as the shops are closed and they were also not able to purchase ‘white powder milk’ packets.
There are also reports from some parts that vegetable vendors were also thrashed by the police in the morning and the items were completely destroyed.
The district administration has not yet announced any relaxation in curfew and people possessing ‘curfew passes’ issued by the district administration, were being allowed to travel in their vehicles.
At many locations, media passes were also not being treated as curfew passes, which have been criticized by the fraternity, who are busy in performing their professional duties.