members-of-a-sikh-jathaAmritsar, Nov 21 (News India)- A Sikh jatha to Pakistan faced the effect of demonetisation during the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak.
Upon their return at Attari-Wagah joint checkpost today, some of the jatha members said Pakistani shopkeepers refused to accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
A Rs 100 note was accepted at lower the value it possessed in Pakistan, they claimed.
Malooq Singh Mallanwala, a pilgrim, said, “On the first day (on November 13), a special money exchange counter was set up at Nankana Sahib, but it was closed the next day. We had no option, but to rely only on private money exchangers. Against a Rs 100 note, they gave us Pakistani currency worth Rs 120. In normal course, it comes out to between Rs 150 and Rs 160,” he said.
Pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest
A pilgrim, identified as Prem Singh (70), died of cardiac arrest in Pakistan. He was a native of Ludhiana. He had complained of respiratory disorder while reaching Gurdwara Dera Sahib, but could not survive. The body was handed over to Prem Singh’s son Gurmeet Singh and relatives at Attari railway station.

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