Demonetisation: Man dies standing in bank queue in Delhi’s Najafgarh

Satish Sharma, a resident of Uttam Nagar in west Delhi, had gone to Oriental Bank of Commerce branch with his friend to deposit money. The two were standing in the queue when Sharma collapsed and fainted.
People standing in long queue to withdraw cash from ATMS on Sunday.(HT Photo)
People standing in long queue to withdraw cash from ATMS on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 12:29 AM IST
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ByKarn Pratap Singh, New Delhi

A 49-year-old man died while standing in a queue at a government bank in southwest Delhi’s Najafgarh on Monday afternoon, police said.

Satish Sharma, a resident of Uttam Nagar in west Delhi, had gone to an Oriental Bank of Commerce branch with his friend to deposit money. The two were standing in the queue when Sharma collapsed and fainted.

His friend and others in the queue raised an alarm. The police control room was informed,and a police van arrived and rushed Sharma to Mata Chanan Devi hospital where he was declared brought dead, an official said.

Surender Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (southwest), told HT that police had yet to ascertain the exact cause of the death. Sharma’s autopsy report was awaited.

A similar death was reported in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8.

The move has sparked chaos and confusion across the country, with millions of consumers queued outside banks and ATMs to change a limited number of old notes for new ones or withdraw cash.

Though there is no official confirmation, opposition parties are linking the death of more than 50 people to the demonetisation.

The government says the demonetisation move was aimed at curbing black money and counterfeiting of currency.

Read| Demonetisation: ‘Stressed’ bank employee, ‘tired’ customer die in Maharashtra

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