COIMBATORE: A 57-year-old man collapsed and died on the premises of a post office, moments after he exchanged his old currency notes for new in Coimbatore on Sunday.
R Rajendran, a labourer in a plastic goods making company at Ganapathy in the city had stood in the queue for two hours to get notes exchanged, said his family. His family said that the long wait had taken a toll on his health. According to the 108 ambulance service staff who came to the victim's rescue, Ganapathy died of a massive heart attack. He is survived by his wife Suseela, son Dhanasekaran and daughter Maheswari.
According to his family, Rajendran, living at Jothipuram in Perinaickenpalayam, had visited the post office around 9.30am on Sunday. By the time he got there, there was a long queue waiting to get old notes exchanged. To add to his woes, the line moved at a snail's pace. At 11.30am, Rajendran finally managed to exchange Rs 4,000 of scrapped cash for legal tender.
"He stepped out of the post office building but started sweating profusely soon after. Within seconds, he collapsed on the floor,'' said a relative of Rajendran, citing eye witnesses. Eye-witnesses informed 108 ambulance services, but by the time they got there, he was dead.
Residents are increasingly frustrated at the long lines at banks. There are no signs of the wait easing up. Right from 7am, people start queuing up at banks. "We expected the chaos to die down in two days. But four days have passed and the lines are just as long," said N Sabapathy, 54, of Saibaba Colony. Source :