A 65-year-old man was killed in a stampede that broke out at the State Bank of India (SBI)’s Tarkulwa branch in Deoria on Monday.
Ram Nath Kushwaha, a farmer from Deoria , was crushed when people waiting in queues outside the bank rushed to enter the premises as the branch opened in the morning.
This was the first instance of a stampede in the Uttar Pradesh since the government demonetised 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes on November 8.
Kushwaha was at the bank to withdraw money to pay for his daughter-in-law’s treatment, who delivered a baby only two days ago.
Eye-witnesses informed that the bank did not have adequate security arrangements and had a single door for both exit and entry.
“There was a huge rush outside the bank and people standing in queue for long lost their patience and ran towards the counter as soon as the bank opened. It resulted in a stampede,” said Suraj Prasad, who was also waiting in lien at the time.
Prasad said Kushwaha fell on the ground in the rush and could not get up again as people trampled over him.
Police reached the spot and evacuated people from the bank about 20 minutes after the stampede broke out. The branch manager Vijay Bahadur told reporters that the incident occurred due to people’s impatience and that the bank had resumed its functioning under the tight vigil of police.
Kushwaha’s body was handed over to the victim’s family after the autopsy. Tarkulwa station house officer said no case had been lodged as the death occurred in a stampede.
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