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49-year-old vegetable vendor dies while standing in queue

A 49-year-old man died while standing in a queue for more than six hours outside a government bank in South-West Delhi’s Najafgarh area on Monday afternoon. The exact reason of his death is yet to be ascertained. However, this is the second death in the national Capital when a person died while standing in a queue due to demonetisation.

Satish Kumar, a resident of Uttam Nagar, was standing in a bank queue of Oriental Bank of Commerce in Najafgarh since 8.15 am in the morning. He went with his friends and neighbours to exchange Rs 2,000. 

He was carrying four notes of Rs 500 denomination and wanted them to be exchanged with the legal ones.

According to his wife, Satish didn’t go to work on Monday so that he could get Rs 100 or Rs 500 (new currency note). 

The couple got married two decades ago and do not have any child. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on November 8 on demonetisation, their life became very difficult as during the initial days they survived with the change they had. 

Few days later, when they fell short of cash, Satish took an off from work and did not even visit Keshav Puram mandi where he was a vegetable vendor. As per Satish’s wife, Beena, he was fit and was not suffering from any disease. But since Sunday night he was tensed due to dearth of cash. 

At around 8.15 am, he reached the bank and stood in a queue. 

“Till 2.30 pm he was standing in the queue and suddenly he fell unconscious. A PCR call was made and he was rushed to Mata Chanan Devi hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said Surender Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-west) said.

The post-mortem is likely to be conducted on Tuesday and the exact reason behind his death would be ascertained after the autopsy report, police said. 

A similar death was reported from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area on Wednesday where a 48-year-old man died allegedly after he suffered heart attack while standing in the line for over eight hours to withdraw money. 
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