A 70-year-old farmer died on Wednesday after he allegedly collapsed while standing in a queue outside a bank to withdraw money for agricultural purposes. He went to the Punjab National Bank branch at Bhadson road, where he fainted standing in the queue.
The deceased, Bhagwan Singh, was a resident of Prem Nagar. He was the former chairman of Patiala market committee and also was the former Sarpanch of his native Lachkani village, 12 km from here.
The family said they were running out of cash for agricultural and household purposes.
Deceased’s son Amrinder Singh said his father had been going to the bank for past two days. On Wednesday, he left his home at about 9 in the morning and after some time someone from the bank informed us about the incident, said Amrinder.
“My father was standing in the queue and suddenly he fell unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital by the people where he was declared brought dead. The doctors informed that he collapsed due to the cardiac arrest,” he said.
He said bank should have facilitated separate arrangements for senior citizens.
The police officials at Tripuri police station, however, denied having received any such information.
Bank manager Gurmeet Singh said, “He (Bhagwan Singh) was standing in the queue outside the bank, we served him water and also provided first-aid. All the inconvenience is happening due to the shortage of cash.”
He said, “We have received only Rs 20 lakh in past two days, which is insufficient to deal with the heavy footfall of people. The cash runs out within hours as we receive it in the branch.”