New Delhi: Nearly 40 deaths — including suicides, cardiac arrests in long queues, hospital casualties and a murder in a fit of rage — in the past few days have been attributed to demonetisation. The move has caused a huge cash crunch in the country and turned life upside down for the lower middle class and poor families in India.
Eleven people have died in Uttar Pradesh, most due to cardiac attacks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 night announced the recall of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, rendering them illegal.
Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat reported three deaths each while two persons each have died in Telangana, Bihar, Mumbai, Kerala and Karantaka.
Seven persons have died in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and West Bengal, put together.
In Odisha, a two-year-old, suffering from high fever, died after an auto-rickshaw driver refused the family a ride because it didn’t have lower denomination notes to pay for fare.
The deaths in Uttar Pradesh include seven due to cardiac arrests and two suicides in the past one week.
A farmer in Bulandshahr allegedly hanged himself in his hosue on Sunday after he failed to exchange his old currency notes. The police said he was to marry off his daughter on December 4 and had visited a bank to exchange his old notes but could not do so because of the surging crowds.
Two minors were also reported to have died in the state after their parents failed to arrange lower denomination notes for their treatments in hospitals. The hospitals denied the charges.
The consequences of demonetisation have also claimed three lives in Jharkhand. Police sources said two died on Wednesday and one on Tuesday.
Ramchandra Paswan died afer standing in a crushing queue for more than four hours at a State Bank of India branch in Mohammadganj.
In another incident, 70-year-old Lakshmi died of shock over the death