A 70-year-old retired school teacher, who was in queue for eight hours outside a bank in Uttar Pradesh, died on Sunday after he suffered a cardiac arrest, Hindustan Times reported. Raghunath Verma went to withdraw money from State Bank of India’s Madhogarh branch for his daughter’s wedding, when he slumped to the ground after the eight-hour wait.
According to the paper, Verma fell at the bank manager’s feet and pleaded to help him withdraw money for meeting the marriage expenses. Speaking to HT, Verma’s son Ravi Verma said, “We needed Rs 2 lakh for the marriage expenses. My father went to the bank for three days. He had spoken to the bank manager many times asking him to help with the withdrawal and exchange. The manager did not listen to him.” At least 1000 people were reportedly in front of him in the queue, despite him arriving at the branch early Sunday morning. Verma was taken to a community health centre and was declared dead on arrival.
“My father was restless when I spoke to him over the phone. There was so much to do. He was worried to carry on with the marriage as we were unable to meet the expenses. This decision of the government has been a double whammy, my sister’s marriage has been postponed and we have lost our father,” Verma’s son said.
So far 33 deaths have been reported since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 8 announcement, scrapping old tender.