PM Modi’s ‘Masterstroke’ on Blackmoney took 6 lives and ‘broke’ Indians

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9 days after demonetisation, nation is facing serious cashless crunch. (File Photo)
Tirtharaji a 40-year-old washerwoman had gone to the bank to deposit two Rs 1,000 notes. (HT Photo)
Tirtharaji a 40-year-old washerwoman had gone to the bank to deposit two Rs 1,000 notes. (HT Photo)

Highlights 


  • A washerwoman died of shock in Gorakhpur over currency ban
  • 8-year-old girl died as father couldn’t take her to hospital on time
  • A woman committed suicide in Telangana thinking her money is of no use
  • The 73-year-old collapsed and died while standing in the queue at an SBI branch in Muland , Mumbai
  • 2 Deaths At Kerala Banks involving men who came to deposit notes

While the government’s surgical strike on black money by banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was lauded by a section of the country, the decision has dealt a cruel blow to many who have little access to banks and online payment medium.

In Hyderabad, a 55-year-old woman committed suicide after she got to know that her Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are redundant following the new government order.

The woman, a farmer in Shanigapuram village of Telangana, thought her money was just a piece of paper with no value and hanged herself.

“Yesterday my mother and father had a fight after she heard about the government decision. She was heartbroken and later she hanged herself to the ceiling fan,” her son Srinivas said.

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Woman dies of shock 

The confusion and chaos following the government’s decision to ban currency caused the death of a 40-year-old woman in Gorakhpur.

Tirtharaji, a washerwoman, allegedly died of shock in Captainganj tehsil of Kushinagar district in Uttar Pradesh. She had saved Rs 2,000 and had recently got it exchanged for two Rs 1,000 notes. Pictures of the two Rs 1,000 notes and a passbook lying next to her body went viral.

In another incident, an elderly person in Agra went to the bank to exchange some Rs 1,000 notes and suddenly fell ill. Onlookers alleged he died of shock after being told by the bank that his notes were now scraps of paper.

An 8 years old lost her life

Lack of money also hit a family in Mahua Mafi village in Uttar Pradesh. An eight-year-old died after her father was unable to pay for the petrol while rushing her to a hospital. Since the man was carrying a Rs 1,000 note, the petrol pump attendant refused to take it.

In Delhi, a woman who went to the bank asking for Rs 10,000 for her daughter’s wedding was turned away. She went to the bank with the wedding card but was told by the staff that the withdrawal limit was Rs 4,000.

73 years old man dies while standing at ATM queue 

A 73-year-old man collapsed and died in a queue before a bank as cash-strapped people in the country’s financial capital and suburbs rushed to the ATM counters on Friday to withdraw money.

Long lines were visible outside banks and ATM across the country.
Long lines were visible outside banks and ATM across the country.

Vishwanath Vartak, who was standing in the queue before an SBI branch for exchanging currency, collapsed and died on the spot at Navghar in Mulund in the city’s eastern suburbs, police said.

Mr. Vartak had been standing for hours in the queue to exchange Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 5,00 notes. Though he was rushed to hospital by some people who saw him collapse, he was declared dead before admission, police said.

Running out of money for the last two days, men and women had thronged the ATMs since early morning while in many places, to their disappointment, they found the machines not working.

ATMs of various banks in south Mumbai, Lalbaugh, Parel, Dadar, Andheri, Ghatkopar and Mulund were found to be out of service or not dispensing money, forcing people to return empty-handed.

Two men died in Kerala 

In Kerala, where most ATMs across the state were reportedly not working this morning, two men died while trying to change old high-currency notes for new ones.

In Alappuzha, 158 km from the state capital of Thiruvanthapuram, a senior citizen collapsed while waiting outside State Bank of Travancore queue. He had allegedly been waiting in line for at least 45 minutes, according to police.

Before that, in Thalassery, 300 km away from Alappuzha, a 48-year-old man identified as Unni who worked with the state’s electricity department died after falling off the second floor of the building where his bank was located. He had deposited 4 lakh rupees on Thursday. The police is looking at whether his death was an accident or a suicide.

No money to run family 

People with minimum resources at their disposal have suffered maximum in the wake of the government’s decision.

In Lucknow, Sant Kumar Chouhan was in tears as his family of 13 is finding it difficult to survive because of the bank’s apathetic attitude. Chouhan, who had Rs 38,000 in old currency, went to the bank to deposit it all, but got only Rs 1,000 in return.

The bank allegedly refused him Rs 4,000 saying that if they were to give everyone the same amount they would soon run out of cash.

(With PTI inputs )

1 COMMENT

  1. Was at the bank again today. 3 hours spent. Thought would meet some big people in suits, probably adani, ambani. Didn’t see any. Saw only those with wrinkled face. Poor people, lower middle class people, middle class people. Is this ache din?

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