Srinagar: At least 16 people have died since the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetised higher denominations of currency five days ago, reports said on Monday. Many people collapsed while standing in long queues outside the banks either to deposit the demonetised currency or exchange it, the reports said, adding that others couldn’t afford medical facility due to non-availability of new currency.
The number is likely to go up as PM Modi has sought 50 more days “for normalisation of currency usage” in India, the reports added.
“That may take a huge toll on people, going by 15 deaths that have taken place in just four days. And these are just the ones that got reported,” reads a report.
Many online news portals have enumerated the names of those who died in post-demonetisation.
The reports of death were reported from different states of India including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, and Rajasthan, the report said.