A senior official of the Central Bank of India’s Siliguri branch collapsed at office during working hours on Friday afternoon and died of a suspected cardiac arrest, the police said.
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The deceased, Noel Topno (52), was a resident of Ranchi in Jharkhand and was the chief manager of the Bidhan Market branch of the bank. The police said that he fell suddenly ill in his chambers and was rushed to the district hospital in a cash van. Doctors there pronounced him brought dead upon arrival.
A police officer said, “His colleagues have said that he was under tremendous pressure following demonetisation. Like everyone else, he would arrive at around 10am and leave by 7:30pm, some times later. At the time of his death, he had been in his chambers busy with some paperwork. At around 1pm his colleagues realised that he had fallen off his chair. They rushed in and saw him unconscious and frothing from the mouth.”
Umesh Chandra Guchait, the regional manager of Central Bank of India posted in Siliguri, reached the hospital. When asked if the excessive workload and stress had led to Topno’s death, he said, “It was an unfortunate incident. But we can’t draw an inference that he expired due to this reason.” He added that other bank employees across the country were also dealing with similar pressure.
Laxmi Mahato, the Darjeeling district secretary of the All India Bank Employees’ Association, said each bank employee was having to take abnormal workload. “These days, every bank employee is working under tremendous pressure. In most branches, they need to spend extra hours and they are not getting adequate time to rest,” Mahato said.