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After violence, petrol pumps’ assn seeks police protection

Lucknow: Soon after the news broke and it was announced that the petrol pump owners can accept the notes, a mad rush was seen at the pumps where people were seen changing the cash and queuing up to purchase petrol. “We have run short of Rs 100 notes,” said Satish, an attendant at a petrol pump in Hazratganj. He added that hundreds of vehicles lined up at the pump for refill within 20 minutes. “I have to go to Amausi airport to receive my daughter who is coming home after five years and my car has run out of fuel. I am stranded. Please help me,” pleaded Nisha Lalwani. Police had to be called in at petrol pumps in Hazratganj and Kapoorthala to control the crowds. General Secretary of Lucknow Petrol Dealers’ Association, Sudhir Bora said, “Various incidents of violence were reported from petrol pumps in Chinhat, Gomtinagar, IT Crossing, Indiranagar, Cantonment etc., as hordes of people turned up to get fuel refill in order to get change of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Despite asking for police protection from district administration four hours ago, we haven’t got enough policemen to protect staff at petrol pumps.”

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