Firefighter ends his life by jumping in front of a high-speed train after being repeatedly harassed by online loan operators
A firefighter is believed to have ended his life after representatives of an online loan app repeatedly ‘harassed’ him for repayment of borrowed money, Indian Railway Police said on Tuesday 19 July.
The mutilated body of the unidentified 33-year-old man was found on the tracks near a Hyderabad city train station on Tuesday, they said.
For reasons that remained unclear, the unnamed victim had taken out loans from instant loan apps but was unable to repay them due to financial issues, police said.
Because of this, the loan app operators started calling the victim’s family and friends to get him to repay the balance. However, the move embarrassed the youngster among his peers.
Instead of repaying the loan, the victim allegedly took drastic measures to get out of the situation.
It is not known if a suicide note was recovered.
Police have since opened an investigation into the case as they try to get more details about the firefighter’s death, reports said.
It was not the first suicide in the region that was reportedly prompted by harassment from lending app operators.
At the end of April this year, a 22-year-old man in Jiyaguda in Hyderabad hanged himself to death after being allegedly harassed by lending app operators.
Raj Kumar Yadav, lived in a rented house with his mother while working as a private employee at a nearby cattle market.
He reportedly took out an estimated loan of $158 in local currency from an instant loan app and was only able to pay around a third of the amount on time.
Yadav’s mother found him hanging from the ceiling in an apparent suicide after he returned from work. But she didn’t see a suicide note from her son.
According to reports, more than 50 people complained last year that they had been harassed in various ways by operators to force them to repay their debts.
Of the 50 cases, about six people committed suicide due to constant harassment. Some of the operators have been accused of demanding more money from people who took out loans even after paying them back. They allegedly threatened to expose their clients to the police or their families, so that they would be forced to pay.
Authorities cracked down on loan operator-related crimes to reduce harassment and possible suicides in the local community.