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Demonetisation death: Yet another life lost in state

A Malda resident committed suicide after failing to get money from the bank. The 45-year-old man, Gobinda Sarkar, a daily labourer, allegedly committed suicide in Malda’s Ghiripara area after he failed to get Rs 12,000 from his bank account. 

His body was found hanging from a ceiling fan with a dupatta on Saturday morning. His wife Anguri, who works as domestic help saw him hanging in the bedroom.

People close to the deceased claimed that he was in depression after he failed to get money to run his family. His neighbours said that he had earlier tried to exchange the money at banks and even with agents, he had not succeeded.

In another incident, a 65-year-old man died on Friday after he suffered a heart attack at his residence at Metiabruz. The family of the deceased alleged that the reason for his excessive tension which caused the death was not getting cash from the nearby bank. The man who was the only bread earner of his family was tensed about how to run the family.

Shekh Islamuddin, the elderly person was standing in line for over eight hours to exchange the now-defunct notes for new ones, but could not succeed. He then tried to get money from a nearby ATM, but was unable to reach the counter, before the ATM ran out of cash.

Islamuddin became unwell while standing in a queue outside a bank nearby and was rushed to his house later.

“He had been visiting the bank for the last two days. He would reach the Branch around 7am and wait for hours in queue, but by the time his turn came, either the bank went out of cash or the counters closed,” said one of his family members.

“Today (Friday) also he was standing in the queue for a long time. I got a call from him around 11.45 am and he told me that he was feeling unwell. I immediately reached the spot. I took him home. The doctor later checked him. He advised us to admit him in the hospital, but we could not do it. We have almost no money,” he said.

“He suffered from strain, lack of rest and proper food,” a family member rued.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8. The banks were asked to work extra hours and even over the weekend to deal with the massive rush as the ordeal continue till now.
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