HYDERABAD/PATNA: A 60-year-old man died of heart attack on Tuesday, unable to bear torture of standing in long queues to buy onions at cheap rate.
The victim identified as Sambaiah Reddy was standing in queues along with hundred of villagers in Andhra Pradesh to buy onion being sold at Rs25 a kg from government counters when he suddenly collapsed. Doctors who checked him said he died of heart attack.
Large crowds had gathered at government counters as it was being sold at a subsided rate while onion prices have crossed Rs200 a kg in the open market.
In Bihar too, huge crowds of villagers were seen gathered outside the counters started by state’s top cooperative marketing body and also outside mobile vans selling onions at cheap rate.
However, their sale had to be stopped after the local administration apprehended law and order problem. In Bihar, onion is currently being sold at the rate of Rs100 to Rs120 a kg in the market.