A 48-year-old man, who was waiting in queue to convert old currency notes, had a 'mysterious' death after falling from the third floor of a bank at Thalassery in Kerala on Friday. He had cash worth Rs. 5 lakh with him. 

 

The deceased was identified as Unni, 48, a native of Pinarayi in Kannur. Police suspect it as a case of suicide. Witnesses told the police that the man was visibly upset while standing in the queue. 

 

 The incident took place on Friday morning. Unni, an employee of the Kerala State Electricity Board, was standing in the line to convert the currencies for a long time. Then he went upstairs to go to the toilet. Within a few minutes, people saw him falling from the third floor of the building. He died on the spot. The dead body was shifted to a hospital in Thalassery. 

 

In another tragic incident, a 72-year-old man swooned to death in a bank at Dhanappady in Alappuzha in the afternoon. He was standing in the queue at the bank when he fainted. Though he was rushed to a hospital nearby, he was declared brought dead.


Long queues are witnessed in all banks across the state as people thronged to get new currencies. Even though the banks had stated that ATMs will function today, the teller machines ran out of money in the morning.