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Demonetisation: 73-year-old man dies of heart attack while standing in queue outside Mumbai bank

01Mumbai: A 73-year-old man died of heart attack while standing in a queue outside a bank here.
Vishwas Vartak had been standing in a queue outside a bank in Hari Om Nagar, Mulund, for 30 minutes to exchange the currency notes when the incident took place.
Three days after the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, people faced difficulties withdrawing money at thousands of ATMs in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Friday.
Starting from dawn serpentine queues were witnessed at various banks’ Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in the city and suburbs as people made a beeline for withdrawals of the permitted amounts.
Lakhs of people were disappointed as thousands of ATMs did not dispense cash.
Reports of dry ATMs were received from different parts of Mumbai including Dadar, Worli, Kandivali, Ghatkopar, though banks assured they were making attempts to replenish stocks.
The few people who succeeded in making withdrawals from banks on Thursday encountered problems exchanging them in the markets for smaller denomination notes like Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs 10.
To counter this dilemma, many were compelled to make extra purchases to spend the entire Rs 500 or Rs 2,000.
Small businesses, roadside stalls, street-vendors, the working class and commoners bore the brunt with little or no business conducted for the third consecutive day on Friday due to lack of small denomination notes.

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