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Demonetisation: Narendra Modi’s note ban led these people to commit suicide

Prime minister Narendra Modi's dream of a cashless economy has resulted in numerous losing their lives. While those hoarding black money seem to have found a way out, the poor continue to suffer as a consequence of this Tughlaqian move. Following is the story of some of these unfortunate people who paid the ultimate price for Modi's ambitious move.
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Mohammad Shakeel, a 35-year-old scrap dealer from Northeast Delhi’s Gokulpuri area, committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan at his house on 24 November as he failed to exchange old notes worth Rs 5000. He was in a hurry to pay his loan EMIs and he stood in the queues for seven days but failed to make it to the counter. He went to the bank in the morning every day and came back by noon as he had to make food for his 12-year-old son. He could have run his business only if he had cash in lower denominations.

After the note ban, Shakeel complained he was unable to earn anything which led him into depression. Seven days of standing in long queues outside banks yielded no results. One night after midnight, when Bilaal, his son woke up, his father was not in bed. He spotted Shakeel hanging from the fan.

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Narendra Modi’s surgical strike on black money is termed to be the worst nightmare come true for the black money hoarders according to his followers. But most of the infamous alleged black money hoarders seem to be unconcerned, privileged class welcomed it where the penurious lower class people are left clueless and distressed. More than 55 people died as a result of demonetisation move of the central government, which was termed as a brainless decision by most renowned economists. More than ten people, from the unprivileged class, committed suicide after this unwise, Tughlaqian move of the government.

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Demonetisation: Farmer commits suicide after he fails to buy seeds and fertilisers

Halke Lodhi was a 70-year-old farmer from Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. It was the Rabi sowing season in which a period of three-four days is important to procure seeds and fertilisers. Lodhi visited the SBI’s Bada Malehra branch every day, to get his notes exchanged as he urgently needed money to purchase seeds and fertilisers but failed to get it.  After three days he realised that he is not going to make it before the season ends which will result in a slump in his annual earnings. He hanged himself at his residence on 13th November.

Demonetisation: Housewife commits suicide as she could not buy ration

Sheikh Chanda Khatun, a 50-year-old mother of three, ended her life as she could not purchase ration with the demonetised currency notes she had. She went to the grocery shops many times and the shopkeepers refused to accept the old notes. Khatun, resident of Bhestan Awas near Surat consumed some insecticide after which she was rushed to New Civil Hospital (NCH) where she gave her last statement to the officials. She said to the police that she was severely stressed as she could not buy ration for the family after people refused to accept her demonetized notes.s.

Demonetisation: Farmer hangs self as he failed to send money for his children

Ravi Pradhan, a 40-year-old farmer was desperately trying to get his old notes exchanged as he was in urgent need of money to help his two sons who were in Tamil Nadu. Pradhan’s two sons Sunil (22) and Anil (20) were working at a yarn mill in Tamil Nadu. One of them called Pradhan on 10 November and said that they urgently needed money as their contractor escaped without giving them their wages. They wanted money to come back home. Pradhan went to the bank branch in Saraia and stood in queues for two consecutive days, but failed to reach the counter before it was closed. Pradhan’s body was found hanging at his house in Maharajpur village under Saria development block on November 12 night.

Demonetisation: Woman commits suicide as she did not have valid currency for treatment

Shabana, a 20-year-old woman from the Shamil district of Uttar Pradesh committed suicide because she did not have valid currency for her treatment. She was much worried over her treatment as she was not keeping well for some time. Mobin, brother had been in a queue to get the old notes exchanged while Shabana hanged herself from the ceiling at her home.

Demonetisation: Student kills himself after failing to pay exam fees

Suresh, an 18-year-old Degree student from Mawai Buzurg village of the Banda district in Uttar Pradesh killed himself as he was unable to pay his college fees in time. Suresh has been standing in the queue for the past several days for withdrawing money to submit his examination fees but he could not succeed. Just before the last date of the fees to be submitted, he returned home and hanged himself from the ceiling with the help of his mother’s saree.

Demonetisation: Woman ends her life after she lost her money in the queue

Eshwaramma, a 40-year-old manual labourer hailing from Chendur village of Gudibande taluk in Chikballapur, committed suicide on 14 November after she lost Rs 15000 while standing in a queue to deposit it at a bank. Her husband Nagappa was an alcoholic and had abandoned the family. The amount she lost was all the savings she earned through hard work. Eshwarama’s son found her hanging when he woke up.

Demonetisation: Woman commits suicide as she could not exchange Rs 4000

Rizwana, a 22-year-old woman from northeast Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area, relied on the limited income from hand embroidery on clothes, to cover the needs of her family. Rizwana had to shoulder all responsibilities of her family at a very early age as her father had abandoned them. She waited in queues for as long as eight hours for three days and failed to exchange Rs 4000 worth of old currency notes. As situation became worse, she ran out of money to buy ration. She committed suicide by hanging herself at her home.

Demonetisation: Woman with Rs 25 lakhs ends her life assuming her money is invalid

Kandukuri Vinoda, a 55-year-old woman of Shanigapuram village in the Mahbubabad district of Telangana, had sold her 12 acres of land for Rs 76 lakh to realtors two months back. Since her husband was suffering from paralysis, the family needed money for his treatment. The buyers had paid Rs 48 lakh in instalments and the remaining amount was pending. She paid about Rs 3 lakh for her husband’s treatment and Rs 20 lakh to clear her debts. She decided to keep the rest of the money in her house instead at a bank as they were planning to buy another piece of land. The announcement about the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes came as a shock for Vinoda who believed that all her money is invalid. She committed suicide by hanging herself late night 10 November after her family members went to sleep.

Demonetisation: Retired bank employee commits suicide

Anant Mukund Bapat, a 58-year-old former employee of the State Bank of India from Maharashtra, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling with a rope on 20 November. Bapat was engaged in mushroom cultivation after taking voluntary retirement having served as Agriculture Officer with SBI till 2011. He left behind a suicide note where he attributed demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as the reason for taking the extreme step.

Demonetisation: Worried over daughter’s marriage,UP farmer kills self

Deshraj Singh, a 55-year-old farmer from Muradpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district, hanged himself due to the cash crunch ahead of his daughter’s marriage. Deshraj Singh had borrowed Rs 60,000 after mortgaging his two-and-half bigha land with a moneylender for the wedding of his eldest daughter among his seven children. They added that he had deposited the cash in a bank on November 8 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes and limits on cash withdrawals.

Demonetisation: Farmer commits suicide along with his father after poisoning his wife and son

Balaiah, a 45-year-old farmer from Siddipet district of Telangana had the plan to sell his land of 6 acres, at a rate of Rs 6 to 7 lakhs per acre, as his family was facing financial problems. But the market rate of the land slumped suddenly to Rs 3 to 4 lakh after the note ban. Balaiah mixed pesticide in chicken curry and chapatis, which he ate along with his father Galaiah (65), wife Lakshmi and son Prashant, a B.Tech student, at their residence at night on 15 November. He and his father died whereas the wife and the son survived.

Graphics : M Dinesh Singh

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