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Powerloom labourer, denied new notes after whole day wait in queue, dies as soon as reached home
Saturday November 12, 2016 6:30 PM, Staff Reporter

Imran Shaikh
[Imran Shaikh and other family members of Alauddin Shaikh who died after standing whole day in queue outside a bank in Malegaon on November 11, 2016. (Photo:]

A powerloom labourer, who stood for the whole day in queue outside a bank in Malegaon on Friday to exchange three now discontinued Rs 500 notes but failed to get the new ones in return, died as soon as he reached home due to cardiac failure, family members said.
52-year-old Alauddin Shaikh along with his wife and one cousin reached Bank of Maharashtra, Malegaon branch early in the morning on Friday hours before the bank was opened. He had in his hand three Rs 500 old notes which he wanted to exchange so as to buy food grains and vegetables.
"Inside the crammed bank, we were completely dehydrated and suffocated. At around 05:00 pm, my father complained that he was feeling uneasy. I sent him outside with my friend", his son Imran Shaikh, who later joined him at the bank, said while talking to

"However, when our turn came at around 06:00 pm, the bank officials closed the counter asking us to come tomorrow", he added.

"My father said we should take a chance and go to the post office to check if we can exchange the old notes there. The post office too was closed by that time. My father started complaining of nausea. As soon as we reached home, he asked for a glass of water and soon fell down", Shaikh said.

"We took him to a local hospital where the doctor said he was brought dead", he said.

Alauddin Shaikh and his son were working in a local powerloom factory and were paid the discontinued 500 rupee notes as wages on Thursday like hundreds of other labourers in Malegaon.

Hundreds of people are lining outside banks and ATM outlets following cash shortage after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday immediate demonitization of currency notes of 1,000 and 500 denominations in what he described as his first move to curb black money and put a stop to parallel economy.

Alauddin Shaikh died in Malegaon on the same day when a 73-year-old man collapsed and died in a queue before a bank in Mumbai.

According to reports, 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 eastern suburbs.

Vartak had been standing for hours in the queue to exchange Rs.1000 and Rs.500 denomination notes. Though he was rushed to hospital by some people who saw him collapse, he was declared dead before admission.


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