The note ban chaos continues to claim lives with another death reported on the tenth day of the drive. State Bank of India (SBI) cashier RV Rajesh died of heart attack while at work in Nagpur.
Rajesh was posted at the SBI’s Ambhajari branch in the Maharashtra town, news agency ANI said.
While there are no official figures of note ban deaths available so far, web portal Huffington Post claimed at least 55 people have died across India, with most victims being elders in serpentine bank queues. A few suicides, especially by housewives, have also been reported.
News agency IANS on Thursday said at least 42 deaths – including suicides, cardiac arrests and hospital casualties – in the past few days have been attributed to the demonetisation that has caused a stress in India’s mostly cash-dependent economy.
CENTRE UNDER ATTACK FOR DEMONETISATION
At a joint rally in New Delhi on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee had attacked the Centre for the deaths and demanded a rollback of the demonetisation order within three days.
In Parliament on the same day, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad triggered a furore among the treasury bench in the Rajya Sabha when he compared the deaths of soldiers in the Uri terror attack with that of people standing in queues outside banks and ATMs post demonetisation.
The remark, though expunged by the House, has become the latest flashpoint between the BJP and the Congress as politics over demonetisation intensifies.