While people continued to queue up for hours in Telangana to access cash after the demonetisation, two unfortunate incidents occurred. One man is battling for his life and another has been jailed.
In the first instance, a middle-aged man in Anantapur district has been accused of slapping a sub-inspector named Janardhan. Like in other parts of the country, Telangana too is witnessing growing restlessness among people due to the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8.
Media reported that on Monday, the man had been standing in a long queue outside the SBI branch in Sainagar in Anantapur to exchange demonetized currency and grew restless. The sub-inspector was posted at the SBI branch on guard duty.
After the man allegedly slapped the sub-inspector, he was in turn beaten up by the policemen with lathis and kicked severely times before being taken in a police vehicle.
Anantapur District Superintendent of Police, A Ravi Krishna alleged that the man refused to stand in the queue and slapped the police sub-inspector.
"We have taken him into custody and registered a case against him for assaulting a government servant," he told Times of India.
In another incident in Nizamabad district, an auto driver named Sheikh Bashir (36) set himself ablaze after he became distraught over paying loan instalments with demonetised cash.
Last month, Bashir had taken a loan from a finance institution to buy his auto. He was supposed to repay the amount through monthly instalments of Rs 6,000. This month, due to the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, he couldnâ€™t pay the installment.
It was reported on Monday that he approached many banks but failed to get the new currency notes.
Bashir set himself on fire, allegedly because he was worried about the dues and penalties, his family said. He is now being treated at a hospital in Nizamabad.