Demonetisation: 33 lives claimed by heart attacks, murder, suicide

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Bank-1As many as 33 persons were found dead in various health-related problems across the country in demonetisation-related incidents. The way the queues are getting longer,  the toll could be longer.

Not only this, more than 100 people were booked for pelting stones and other material and also clashing with bank employees in Sujru village in UP.

Demonetisation has increased law and order problems. A suicide and a murder have been reported in West Bengal over demonetisation.

On November 16, chaotic scenes and long queues were seen outside banks and ATMs across the country as people rushed to withdraw or exchange notes to pay their every day bills.

The move, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, was expected to bring an outpouring of black money, but the unexpected announcement had caused a lot of inconvenience and panic among the people.

With many stores stopping lending goods to people on credit, men and women stood in queues for hours together to withdraw cash to meet their expenses or exchange/deposit old currency notes.

One of the largest Camel Fairs, Pushkar fair or Pushkar Mela, which got underway on November 8 was hit hard by the demonetisation announcement, leaving traders and tourists clueless.

A result of standing in serpentine queues outside ATMs and banks to exchange demonetised currency notes, many senior citizens collapsed due to exhaustion and died due to heart attacks.

While this was so, a 17-year-old youth took the extreme step in Bulandshahr, UP, after his mother refused to give him smaller value notes.

Likewise, Aziz Ansari, 60, experiencing rush on the third day of exchanging Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes in bank in Meerut, died of a heart attack. There were similar incidents in the country, which had claimed the lives of many people, including senior citizens.

When the banks and ATMs opened to conduct business after being closed for two days post demonetisation announcement on November 8, not enough cash was available for the people to exchange/withdraw which had hit them hard.

The ongoing confusion has also led to law and order problems in many parts of India. Recently, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that ATMS would stay closed at night to avoid law and order problems.

On the opening day of Parliament, the Congress-led Opposition in the Upper House demanded a withdrawal of the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes and to introduce the same in stages in order to give relief to the people.