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Demonetisation: SBI cashier dies in Nagpur, death toll rises to over 50

Media reports have revealed the unfortunate demises of several people, mostly while standing in long queues befoe banks and ATMs for cash

With the note-ban policy by the Modi-government reaching its tenth day, a State Bank of India (SBI) cashier reportedly died of heart attack while at work in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

The decision to scrap high denomination notes in the country has directly or indirectly claimed more than 50 lives in the country so far, media reports revealed.

The SBI cashier, RV Rajesh, was posted at the SBI’s Ambhajari branch in the Maharashtra town, news agency ANI reported.

According to media reports, most of the people died because of standing in the queues for a long time, while some deaths are reported as out of shock. The Huffingtonpost reported the death toll rose to 55 citing deaths reported in the national and regional media.

The death toll includes farmers, newborn child, senior citizens, housewives and a Bank employee, among others. However, there are no official figures of note ban deaths available so far.

On Thursday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad triggered a controversy after comparing the impact of demonetisation to Uri attack that killed eighteen Indian soldiers.

Citing the number of people died following demonetisation, Azad said that these many casualties had not occurred even in the terror attack on the Uri Army camp.

Photo: Vijay Pandey

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