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Mayhem: ATMs out of cash; train counters refuse to accept ₹500 notes

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ATMs in most part of Tamil Nadu dried out on Tuesday night and fights broke out at tollgates and petrol pumps.

Travellers suffered as their notes were turned down in railway counters and hotels.

People who are travelling from Coimbatore to Jollerpatai have to pay ₹115 for their tickets but those who went to the counters with Rs 500 notes were turned down despite government’s assurance that citizens can exchange Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at train stations.

In tollgates, located at the highways, people were seen getting into fights after they were refused change for ₹ 500 and ₹1000.

Similarly, gas cylinder supply to the customers also have been hit since people are not able to tender change.

While welcoming the government’s decision, some of the citizens have said that more steps could have been taken while implementing the decision to avoid trouble to common man.

Minutes after the Prime Minister announcement the government decision to withdraw ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes from circulation, people have lined up in queue in front of ATMs to withdraw some cash mostly of Rs 100 denomination.

Within minutes ATMs ran of ₹100 notes, as people tried to withdraw ₹400 from ATMs. Almost all the ATMs were shut by midnight.

Petrol pump owners too turned down people who wanted change for ₹500 and ₹1,000 and asked them to use credit cards or debit cards. This led to a scuffle between the customers and petrol pump staffs.

To avoid such incidents many of the petrol pumps have decided to stay shut on Wednesday.