STATE TIMES NEWS
RAJOURI: Former Minister and Vice President Apni Party Ch. Zulfikar Ali has urged for opening of a new J&K Bank Branch at Kotranka, Rajouri District while condemning police action inside the branch office which has left a poor woman injured.
The demand was raised in view of chaos witnessed at the already existing J&K Bank Branch at Kotranka. In a statement to the press, Ch. Zulfikar Ali expressed his anguish over the police act inside the J&K Bank Branch in Kotranka which has left a poor woman injured. He said the poor woman Zareena Begam, resident of Marutha village, had come to the J&K Bank Branch for many others who were lined-up in large numbers waiting for their turn.
“The Police action should be investigated and the erring police officer should be punished,” demanded the Former Cabinet Minister Ch. Zulfikar Ali. He questioned police action inside the branch which was over crowded because the bank is not able to cater the needs of hundreds of people. Single branch cannot handle the pressure of work and therefore, the Govt must step in to sanction another J&K Bank Branch in Kotranka, he said.
He said that people from far-flung areas of Kotranka reach the branch after traveling for four to five fours, but there they face harsh attitudes and chaos. “Many elderly people have complained about such behavior. We understand the pressure on the bank employees, but involving police and mistreatment to the customers will break decades of trust which has been built on the bank,” he said.
Ch Zulfikar Ali said that the people come to bank for their pension, MGNREGA scheme payments, other Govt sponsored schemes after covering many kms on foot. “Is it not injustice with the poor population that they had to stand in a queue for hours together and return without getting their work done? The Govt should immediately intervene and direct the Bank higher-ups to consider the long standing demand for opening another branch of J&K Bank,” he added.