A Kerala State Electricity Board employee fell to his death on Friday from the third floor of a building, where he had gone to deposit Rs 5.5 lakh in demonetised currency notes, police said.
The man was identified as 48-year-old Unni, a resident of Pinarayi, a Thalassery police official probing the incident told IANS.
“From his bag, a sum of Rs 5.5 lakh was recovered,” said the officer, who did not wish to be identified. Police have taken possession of the bag.
The State Bank of Travancore office is located on the second floor of the building.
Hundreds of people who had arrived at the bank were busy filing out forms to submit along with their cash on the third floor of the building, which was unoccupied.
Millions of panicked consumers have been lining up at banks and ATMs across India to exchange withdrawn banknotes, with poor cash flow and no signs of immediate relief. Banks struggle to contain serpentine queues as increasingly impatient people were told to go back as several ATMs closed down in a few hours.
Police suspect Unni’s death might be due to an accidental fall in the mad rush to deposit scrapped currency notes.