13/11/2016 11:23 AM IST | Updated 13/11/2016 11:35 AM IST

Currency Demonetisation: Farmer Dies Of Heart Attack In Queue To Exchange Banned Notes In Gujarat

This is the fifth death reported in 3 days.

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GUJARAT -- A 47-year-old farmer on Saturday died after suffering heart attack while he was standing in a queue for more than two hours outside a bank at Tarapur town in the district to exchange demonetised currency notes, police said.

"Barkat Sheikh died due to a heart attack when he was standing in a queue at the Corporation Bank branch to exchange his demonetised notes," Tarapur police inspector K C Rathwa said.

Sheikh, who hailed from nearby Moraj village in Tarapur tehsil, was rushed to a private hospital where he died during treatment, Rathwa said.

"Sheikh had to pay money to farm labourers and needed to exchange the demonetised currency notes. He was standing in the line for around two hours after which he suffered the attack," he said.

The scramble by millions of panicked consumers to exchange banned currency or deposit them had turned tragic on Friday when 3 persons died in separate incidents in Maharashtra and Kerala.

Long queues were seen outside banks even on Saturday as people jostled to exchange the demonetised ₹1,000 and ₹500 currency notes across the country.

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