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An elderly man collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack while standing in queue outside a bank to get his old currency notes exchanged in Limdi town of Surendranagar district on Sunday. The incident took place at around 4:15 pm when Mansukh Makwana (69), a tailor, was standing in queue outside a branch of Bank of India near Rajput Samaj Wadi in Limdi town. Police said that the elderly man, who used to work as a tailor, had gone to the bank for exchanging his old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations which have been demonitised by the Central government.
“He went to the bank and asked people standing in queue there how long would it would take before it was his turn. People told him it may take around 15 minutes and requested to him sit under a shed. While trying to sit and wait for his turn, he collapsed,” Limdi police sub-inspector Aminabanu Gori said.
Makwana, a resident of Morbhai na Dela area of Limdi, was rushed to the community health centre in the town where he died after brief treatment. Doctors said the sexagenarian died of a heart attack. “He was gasping when he was brought to the hospital. A doctor on duty resuscitated him. But the patient died within a few minutes as his three arteries had been blocked and he suffered a massive cardiac arrest,” Dr Devji Parmar, medical superintendent of Limdi community health centre told The Indian Express.
Dr Parmar further said that Makwana had suffered heart attack in the past also. “An angiography report in January this year had found 95 per cent blockade in his three arteries and he was advised apex heart treatment, including bypass surgery. But that was not done. Since then he was on medication and suffered another heart attack today,” Dr Parmar added.