A farmer in Rajasthan’s Ajmer on Friday died after being allegedly hounded by officials of a cooperative bank for recovery of a loan, his family has said.
Dhanna Lal Bairwa went into a depression and died after officials of the Kekari Bhoomi Vikas Bank pasted a loan recovery notice outside his house in Arniya village of Sarwar block in the district, said his father, Nanda Bairwa.
He said his son went into a depression soon after the bank officials pasted the recovery notice on Tuesday.
“The notice gave a blow to his self-esteem as he was repaying his loan installments on time but defaulted this time as crops were damaged because of bad weather.”
He further said that his son had repaid Rs 65,000 out of the total loan of Rs 1,62,000, but the bank had added compound interest and was demaning Rs 2,47,972.
He alleged that the bank officials kept harassing his son despite his assurances to repay the loan installment soon.
“The repeated harassment and public humiliation by the bank official took my son’s life,” he said.
“Who will support my deceased son’s two minor children and wife now?”
Dhanna Lal Bairwa’s family has lodged an FIR against the bank officials.
“On the complaint of family of the deceased, we have registered an FIR against the bank officials,” said Prabhu Lal Raigar, chief of Sarwar police station.
“We have started a probe into the matter,” he said.