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Man waits a day to perform wife’s last rites as bank refuses cash withdrawal

A vegetable vendor from Noida sector 9, ran from pillar to post to arrange money to perform last rites of his wife, as his bank refused withdrawal of money saying they have no cash.
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A vegetable vendor from Noida sector 9, ran from pillar to post to arrange money to perform last rites of his wife, as his bank refused withdrawal of money saying they have no cash.

Phoolmati, 62, wife of 65-year-old Munni Lal who lives in the slums of Sector 9, died around 1pm on Monday after a prolonged illness.

Lal told Hindustan Times that he had over Rs 15,000 in his accounts at the Sector 9 branch of Bank of India (BoI), but he was unable to withdraw cash to cremate his wife till Tuesday afternoon.

“I was waiting in the queue at Bank of India’s Sector 9 branch for over three hours on Monday, but in vain. I requested the bank staff to give me some money from my account to perform the last rites of my wife, but nobody heard my request. They thought that I was lying and said that the bank was closed for the day,” Lal said.

The family members started protest infront of bank and alleged the bank officials had given the money to people with high approaches. However, the manager of Bank of India branch said that the bank has not received cash from Monday.

“The deceased’s kin had come for cash withdrawal. We do not have cash to give them. We are trying to get cash from some other banks,” said bank manager.

Lal said that his wife had died of cancer and he placed the body on a slab of ice in his residence.

Lal sought help from neighbours, one of whom contacted a local politician and also informed the media. About 12.30pm on Tuesday, after media persons and local leaders asked the bank manager about the incident, he called Lal into his cabin and gave hims Rs 15,000 from his account.

Lal’s neighbour Abdul Khan told Hindustan Times that Lal was devastated after not getting cash from his account. He repeatedly requested neighbours to lend him some money, but they were also out of cash.

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