Faced with harassment for the repayment of his loan, the technician of Hyderabad commits suicide

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A 28-year-old technician, who was allegedly harassed over repaying micro-loans he obtained through mobile phone apps, was found dead in his rented accommodation in Kismatpur, Hyderabad.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the technician, identified as Sunil, committed suicide.

Rajendranagar Police have recorded a case about a complaint filed by his wife who alleged that harassment over the loan repayment had prompted him to take the plunge.

Originally from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Sunil lost his job a few months ago. The software company he worked for reportedly refused to pay the two months salary he was owed.

“He lost his job at the software company during the Covid-19 lockdown. He has since faced financial difficulties. He started receiving personal micro-loans between Rs 2,000 and Rs 10,000 through several online applications, ”said G Suresh, police officer from Rajendranagar.

“He’s taken out loans through 15-20 of these apps,” the SHO added.

The officer said that to pay off one loan, the technician took another through a different app and quickly fell into a vicious cycle of debt. As he failed to repay the loans, representatives of those apps accessed his phone contacts and called his friends and family to step up the pressure on him to pay, the SHO added.

Sunil’s wife and five-month-old son were in the living room on Wednesday afternoon when he retreated to another room where he was later found dead, investigator-in-charge Sub-Inspector D Balraj said. of the case. His householder helped him take him to a private hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival, the officer said, adding that police had yet to determine the total amount he received. in the form of loans.

Police gathered details about the apps and their representatives, and also enlisted the help of the cybercrime cell to advance the investigation.

In a similar incident in Siddipet district a day earlier, a 24-year-old agricultural extension worker ended her life consuming pesticides after an app-based finance company called her failing. ready and allegedly humiliated her by calling people on her phone. contact list.

The victim, identified as K Mounika, committed suicide on Wednesday evening. She had received a loan of Rs 3 lakh and could not repay it on time. Finance Minister and MP for Siddipet T Harish Rao visited the bereaved family and called for action against such applications.

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