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ATM booths empty of cash again as election violence erupts

  • Published at 08:01 pm January 4th, 2014
ATM booths empty of cash again as election violence erupts

The clients faced cash crunch in the ATM booths in Dhaka yesterday as the banks could not refill them due to security concerns.

To resist the one-sided parliamentary polls today, the opposition has enforced non-stop blockade and a two-day hartal from yesterday. The resistance has been marked by violence.

 “We didn’t send money to ATM booths fearing attacks. That’s why most of the booths are empty of cash now,” said a senior executive of a private bank in Dhaka.

For few days in last month, Dhaka Metropolitan Police provided security to cash transport to the ATM booths on the request of Bangladesh Bank.

“But DMP has stopped the service now. So, we feel insecure to carry cash in this politically unstable situation,” he said.

As this is the beginning of month, the ATM booths face extra pressure of withdrawing salaries.

Last month, the users in Dhaka rampantly met ATM booths void of money, which led the central bank to request DMP for special security.

Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd and BRAC Bank Ltd customers suffered the most as these two private banks operate the highest number of ATM booths, said the banking sector sources.