A retired school teacher died on Sunday after he waited outside a bank for eight hours in Jalaun, 200 km from Kanpur, to withdraw money for his daughter’s wedding. 70-year-old Raghunath Verma was expected to travel to Bhind in Madhya Pradesh to preside over his daughter’s Tilak ceremony on November 16. Verma went to the State Bank of India’s Madhogarh branch early Sunday morning but already had at least 1,000 people waiting before him. He had to wait until evening for his turn. Verma even pleaded the bank officials to help him withdraw the amount early. The incident was confirmed about Madhogarh circle officer Naveen Kumar. The officer said that he has been informed about the death of the person while standing in a queue. Raghunath was a resident of Madhogarh’s Ambedkar Nagar area. Verma was retired as a primary teacher from a local school. His daughter is the youngest of his two children. Lakhs of people were lining up hours before banks and ATMs even before they opened in towns and cities across the country. Some people even complaint that they had to wait for as long as 10 hours for their turn.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Tuesday declared Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as illegal tenders. Though lauded by many, but the move has brought major trouble for those who are having marriage ceremonies or health urgencies at their homes. Some other deaths have also been reported due to the demonetisation drive.