A student committed suicide at his home at Mavai Buzurg village in Banda, UP, after leaving a bank queue. Police said the suicide was not linked to demonetisation but locals protested and pelted stones at the bank.
Elsewhere, an elderly man died after a heart attack while standing in queue in Ludhiana, while an elderly farmer collapsed and died while sitting under a shamiana outside a bank in Botad, Gujarat. He had reportedly withdrawn from the bank.
Suresh Prajapati, 23, a second year BSc student at Ram Sewak Degree College in Banda, went to Allahabad Gramin Bank branch to withdraw money for his exam fees but left the queue and returned to his house, which is about 50 m away, said his father Lallu Ram, an employee at a polytechnic college. “The suicide is not linked to demonetisation as his father has submitted in writing that his son was undergoing treatment and was depressed about his health,” said SP Shri Pati Mishra. No suicide note was found.
The SP said police have learnt that the youth had had an argument with his father about an hour before he was found hanging. Locals thought he had failed to withdraw money and protested, said Ram Kishore Singh, husband of village pradhan Girja Devi.
At a post office in Jamalpur of Ludhiana, Piara Singh, 84, fainted while standing in queue with his son. Taken home, he died there, his nephew said; a doctor later said he had suffered a heart attack. Singh, retired from the postal department, had diabetes.
At Ranpur of Botad, farmer Jilubhai Khachar, 70, of Sanganpur village collapsed while sitting under a shamiana outside a Bank of Baroda branch. “Doctors said it looked like a heart attack; his family confirmed he was a heart patient,” sub-inspector Raju Karmatiya said. Police weren’t sure what he was doing under the tent. “Bank officials told us that he had already withdrawn Rs 24,000,” Karmatiya said.