The SBI branch at Sankhda caters to about 20 villages close to the Gir Lions Sanctuary. Apart from anxiety over getting cash, people wairing outside banks are battling fear of leopard. (HT file photo)Updated: Dec 10, 2016 22:58 IST
However, sometimes there are other nocturnal visitors.
“A leopard strayed into the village about one week ago. The people who had lined up outside the bank and villagers managed to run it off into forest, but before that it killed a calf,” said the village sarpanch Santubhai Gohil.
The area is close to the Gir Lions Sanctuary.
The SBI branch at Sankhda caters to about 20 villages.
“Shops are no longer willing to sell milk and groceries on credit,” Gohil said.
People, desperate to withdraw cash, camped outside the bank armed with blankets and woollens, he said.
“I have made arrangement to provide the people who camp outside the bank with biscuits and water,” he said.
Farukh Raja, a resident of nearby Una town, said another problem was the banks were dispensing Rs 2,000 notes, which shopkeepers do not accept easily.
Some people were charging a premium Rs 200 to accept the Rs 2,000 note, he claimed.