Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes, there was widespread reporting on stories of inconvenience faced by people across the country.
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It mentioned: “In the Mumbai suburb of Mulund, Vishwanath Vartak, 73, died of a heart attack outside HSBC Bank while a housewife jumped to her death in Howrah after returning empty-handed from an ATM.”
Buried on page 7, TOI – apology for fake news of senior citizen dying outside HSBC Mulund. HSBC doesn’t even have a branch or ATM in Mulund. pic.twitter.com/14tVpTrSxV — Amit Thadhani (@amitsurg) November 13, 2016
Buried on page 7, TOI – apology for fake news of senior citizen dying outside HSBC Mulund. HSBC doesn’t even have a branch or ATM in Mulund. pic.twitter.com/14tVpTrSxV
— Amit Thadhani (@amitsurg) November 13, 2016
At the same time, another media house in a story titled ‘Man dies outside bank in Mumbai, kin say not related to cash crisis‘ reported the exact sequence of events:
“The incident took place at Hari Om Nagar in Mulund (east) outside the SBI branch around 11.30 am. Senior Inspector of Navghar police station Madhav More said the bank branch was hardly 100 metres away from where Vartak lived with his wife. “Vartak had been suffering from high blood pressure for the past 20 years. As he reached the SBI bank branch and was climbing the stairs leading to the bank, he started feeling giddy and his hands and legs started to shiver,” More said. He added, “There was no crowd outside the bank when he started feeling uneasy.”
Vishwas Vartak, a former PWD employee, was leading a retired life at his residence in Aditya Park in Hari Om Nagar, Mulund East. Vartak lived with his wife, two sons and daughters-in-law.
Varatak’s death has given the fodder to Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant to blame the government for his death.
Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, has warned people not to fall prey to rumours being spread through social media. “We have enough stock of salts and there is no reason for a temporary surge in price or shortage. Supply of essential commodities is being closely monitored. There are a lot of stories spreading through social media, like reports of certain institutions going on strike. There is no such thing, please don’t believe such reports.”