Amid a cash crunch in the city, after the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, a young fellow lost his life in a Kolkata hospital on Friday as a medical store declined to acknowledge the scrapped notes for the critically needed medical tape.
Siba Das, 16, was admitted to the emergency department of RG Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata with high fever on Thursday morning.
A nearby medicinal store allegedly declined to offer 'duct tape' for the patient as his relatives had just Rs. 500 cash notes.
"I needed to purchase for the patient a pipe tape, which costs Rs. 180. Be that as it may, the store declined to acknowledge the Rs. 500 note regardless of the patient's basic condition," grumbled Sambhu Das, a relative of the youngster.
In spite of the fact that the administration has demonetised the high group bills of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, it has asked the general population segment clinics and restorative offices to acknowledge the old bills for helping the patients.
The proprietor of the therapeutic store, be that as it may, denied the assertion and said they requested that the patient's family take away the drugs on credit as they didn't have change of Rs. 500 by then.
"We didn't have change for Rs. 500. So we requested that the patient party take the fundamental mechanical assembly on credit. Be that as it may, they didn't concur," Tushar Kanti Ghosh, proprietor of Kamala Medical Store, said.
The relatives of the adolescent arranged a dissent before the crisis ward of RG Kar healing facility on Thursday evening.
"We would stop a police grumbling against the store," a relative said.