19/12/2016 8:26 AM IST | Updated 19/12/2016 9:10 AM IST

Demonetisation: Man Beaten Up For Blaming PM Modi For Long Queue Outside ATM In Delhi

'Modiji ki wajah se line lagi hai.'

Amit Dave / Reuters

NEW DELHI -- A 45-year-old man was allegedly attacked with cricket bails after he blamed the Prime Minister for the serpentine queue outside a bank in southeast Delhi's Jaitpur area, police said on Sunday.

According to complainant Lallan Singh Kushwaha, he was on his way to buy a television set on 15 December when he passed an ATM and noticed the long queue, they said.

He said 'Modiji ki wajah se line lagi hai' (queue is because of Modi), following which a man named Atik came out of the crowd and started beating him.

"I was not standing in the ATM queue, but I saw people standing and I felt that only poor people are suffering. So I criticised the demonetisaton scheme. Suddenly, one person at a departmental store started abusing me verbally. When I asked him the reason, he started hitting me and asked how I could criticise the PM. Soon after, others joined him. I sustained injuries on my head and started bleeding," Indian Express quoted Kushwaha as saying.

Kushwaha alleged that the accused also took away ₹6,000 from him, police said.

A case under IPC Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) was registered. The matter is being investigated, they added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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