Gujarat: Farmer standing in line to exchange notes dies of heart attack

The farmer, Barkat Sheikh, who hailed from nearby Moraj village in Tarapur tehsil, was rushed to a private hospital where he died during treatment, police said.

By: PTI | Anand | Published:November 12, 2016 8:01 pm
Gujarat, farmer, farmer death, demonetisation, ATM, Banks, Banks queue, banks line, atm queue, farmer heart attack, india news, indian express Ahmedabad: Peoples stand in a long que to exchange the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes outside RBI office in Ahmedabad on Friday. (Source:  PTI)

A 47-year-old farmer on Saturday died after suffering heart attack while he was standing in a queue for more than two hours outside a bank at Tarapur town in the district to exchange demonetised currency notes, police said. “Barkat Sheikh died due to a heart attack when he was standing in a queue at the Corporation Bank branch to exchange his demonetised notes,” Tarapur police inspector K C Rathwa said.

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Sheikh, who hailed from nearby Moraj village in Tarapur tehsil, was rushed to a private hospital where he died during treatment, Rathwa said. “Sheikh had to pay money to farm labourers and needed to exchange the demonetised currency notes. He was standing in the line for around two hours after which he suffered the attack,” he said.

The scramble by millions of panicked consumers to exchange banned currency or deposit them had turned tragic on Friday when 3 persons died in separate incidents in Maharashtra and Kerala.

Long queues were seen outside banks even on Saturday as people jostled to exchange the demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes across the country.