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In bank queue to get money for daughter’s wedding, woman collapses, dies; protest held

As the news of the death spread, customers outside the bank were joined by her family who placed the body on the road and raised slogans against the bank staff and blocked the road. The 350-odd protesters ended the siege after police said appropriate action will be taken. Even when the road was cleared, the protesters kept raising slogans against the bank staff for some time.

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Protesters with the body of the woman who died after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest outside a bank in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Protesters with the body of the woman who died after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest outside a bank in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

Waiting in a queue at a bank to withdraw cash, a 48-year-old woman died reportedly due to a cardiac arrest. The death of Asha Rani, who was at the bank to get money for her daughter’s wedding, resulted in a furore by her family members who staged a protest by blocking traffic and laying her body on the busy Samrala Chowk for over an hour.

She fell unconscious after falling on the ground following an alleged push by the bank staff, at 11.30 am at the Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch on Shingar Cinema Road, near Samrala Chowk. Police, however, are awaiting the post-mortem report to decide on the action.

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She was first taken to a private hospital from where she was referred to Christian Medical College and Hospital where she breathed her last.

As the news of the death spread, customers outside the bank were joined by her family who placed the body on the road and raised slogans against the bank staff and blocked the road. The 350-odd protesters ended the siege after police said appropriate action will be taken. Even when the road was cleared, the protesters kept raising slogans against the bank staff for some time. The body was still outside the bank till late evening.

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The victim, a resident of Charan Nagar on Tibba Road, was a widow and is survived by her three daughters and a son. She had come to withdraw cash for her daughter’s marriage which was scheduled in February.

Parminder, 29, son of the victim, said, “She had been visiting the bank to withdraw money for five days now. The bank had given her a token on Wednesday and asked her to come on Thursday for cash withdrawal. When she went to the bank, as the rush was huge, she was not allowed to enter the bank and a bank staff member pushed her.”

Amandeep Singh Brar, assistant commissioner of police, said, “We are investigating the matter and trying to find out the actual cause of death, which can be known when the post-mortem would be done.”