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Tamil Nadu: 70-year-old man dies in bank queue

The body was sent back to the village after the death was confirmed.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai |
Updated: December 5, 2016 3:34:14 am
farmer-tamil-nadu-759 The video footage showed Subramanian lying on his wife’s lap minutes before his death. Bank transactions, meanwhile, continued.

A 70-year-old farm worker from Vazhkai village in Thanjavur district died of heart attack on Saturday while waiting in queue to withdraw money from the branch of a nationalised bank in Papanasam.

According to an inspector at Papanasam police station, M Subramanian reached the Indian Bank banch on Saturday morning and stood with his wife Thaiyal Nayagi in the queue before collapsing.

“We are told that he stood in line for a long time. He collapsed immediately after he was given the bank challan to withdraw cash. There was a huge crowd since morning,” said the officer. “Our officers arrived at the spot and called the doctor. But it was too late, efforts to revive him failed. He died on the floor, next to the counter.”

The video footage showed Subramanian lying on his wife’s lap minutes before his death. Bank transactions, meanwhile, continued.

The body was sent back to the village after the death was confirmed. “We arranged the ambulance,” said the officer.

Subramanian died after he completed procedures to withdraw around Rs 4,000, said bank sources. “His account had around Rs 17,000. We were told that he had to skip breakfast as he had to come all the way from his village,” said an official. Papanasam is the nearest town from the village, located at a distance of about 10 km.

The farm worker is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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