Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel on Thursday was shown black flags at the Kolkata airport during a protest by Congress workers against demonetisation.
The RBI Governor arrived at the NSC Bose airport, and was greeted by demonstrating Congress workers. The protesters heckled him by showing black flags and chanting “Urjit go back” and “Urjit Patel hai hai”.
The drama intensified when over a dozen protesters tried to block his way when he stepped out of a car at the airport on his way back to Mumbai.
The protesters came too close for Patel's comfort as he started walking towards the entrance of the airport terminal.
Policemen accompanying him were seen pushing away the agitators and securing the way for the RBI governor, who earlier in the day attended a meeting of the RBI board at the central bank's office, where TMC and CPI-M staged demonstrations. Even after he had entered the terminal building, the protesters were seen raising slogans.
Police said he was also shown black flags by the protesters.
He also met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the harshest critics of the demonetisation exercise, who voiced concern over the hardship faced by people and “political discrimination amongst states”.