The Bhopal police on Tuesday arrested two recovery agents of ICICI Bank for allegedly goading an auto-rickshaw driver into committing suicide.
Dharam Raj Verma died on March 12 by jumping into a lake in Bhopal, leaving a handwritten suicide note in which he accused three recovery agents of harassing him.
City SP Devendra Patidar told HT that a case of extortion and abetment of suicide had been registered against the recovery agents named in the suicide note. Two of them, Kamal Suresh Kumar and Raghvendra Singh, have been arrested. The third, Vijay Pare, is absconding.
“It was established during the enquiry that these recovery agents put undue pressure on the man,” Patidar said.
In the suicide note Dharam Raj had mentioned that his auto had been seized and he had to borrow money from different sources to pay one loan instalment and get back the auto.
However, many instalments remained, and the agents again threatened to seize the auto.
Dharam Raj’s wife, Shashi, said her husband had never defaulted in the past but due to ill health, he could not earn and pay the instalments lately.
An ICICI Bank spokesperson from the New Delhi said: “None of the bank’s employees is involved in the incident.”