Shocked by the announcement about demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Tirtharaji, 40, a washerwoman, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died on Wednesday in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the woman found out about currency withdrawal only after she reached the bank to deposit her two Rs 1000 notes. Just days ago, she had allegedly exchanged smaller currency notes for two Rs 1000 notes for convenience.
District Magistrate of Kushinagar Shambhu Kumar told the newspaper, “Officials from the revenue department have been asked to visit the house of the deceased woman. If it comes out to be a death due to shock then necessary action will be taken.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from circulation from Tuesday midnight has led to long, winding queues outside banks and ATMs as people flocked to exchange the old notes. Many ATMs across the country had run out of money in just a few hours as the public expressed anger. The police especially in cities like Delhi and Mumbai have ramped up security to deal with public rage.
Several political leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee have come out openly to criticise the demonetisation move of the government. BJP President Amit Shah on Friday in a speech appealed to the common people to bear with the initial difficulties to “weed out black money from economy” and questioned political leaders commitment to do so.