Kolkata man dies in ATM queue, demonetisation drive toll rises to 83

The death toll touches 83 which includes farmers, newborns, senior citizens, housewives and a bank employee, among others.

Kolkata man dies in ATM queue, demonetisation drive toll rises to 83

Demonetisation will not only have an economic impact but also social and political ramifications, both from immediate and long-term perspectives. But for 83 families, it is also the reason why their near and dear ones died in 2016. The death toll includes farmers, newborns, senior citizens, housewives and a bank employee, among others.

The latest to the death toll came from Bengal, a state government employee, Kallol Roychoudhury (56), was returning to his Behala home in South Kolkata from Cooch Behar in North Bengal where he was posted. On the way, he stood in an ATM queue and become unwell. Suddenly he collapsed.


According to police, the persons who were standing in the queue did not extend helping hand to the unwell man. Later the security person called a doctor and he proclaimed the death of Roychoudhary.

It is Day 26 since Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8. Calling for a drive against black money that will only convenience citizens for a few days, the Prime Minister had launched the great, grand drive. That few days became 50 days later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a few weeks and yesterday accepted very gravely at the very sombre Hindustan Times Leadership Summit that it will take 2 or 3 quarters. One-quarter means 3 months, 2 or 3 quarters mean 6 or 9 months. So much for an inconvenience.

Soon after Modi's announcement, people rushed to change their notes at petrol pumps and elsewhere. Some committed suicide, as all their wealth became just paper. From the next day, banks, private, PSU and ultra-posh ones, have seen huge, and surprisingly, orderly queues.

People are queuing in front of banks to exchange their 'black money'. The people in the queue include basic workers, senior citizens, patients, daily wagers who are struggling to meet their daily expenses etc. ATMs and banks are still witnessing massive queues all over the country.