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On a day when banks catered to senior citizens for exchange and deposit of demonetised notes, an 80-year-old woman died, reportedly while waiting for her turn in a bank in Karnal. Kaushalya Devi, resident of Sector 16, Karnal, died of a heart attack while standing in the queue. She was rushed to hospital, but the doctors declared her dead on arrival.
The incident took place at the Central Bank of India branch at Chaura Bazaar in Karnal. Kaushalya Devi had queued up with her son Shivraj. “It is a small space. Since hundreds of people had queued up, it was suffocating inside. I requested the bank staff to attend to her (Kaushalya Devi) since she had been standing for long. She was taken to the cashier’s room. She collapsed there,” Shivraj said.
Bank officials said she was semi-conscious when taken to the hospital. A bank officer said Kaushalya Devi had visited the bank to get her pensioner’s certificate, but Shivraj said she also had to exchange currency notes.