A case of suicide due to alleged "threats and constant harassment" by loan recovery agents, who claimed to be working for the ICICI Bank, has come to the fore in Adityapur in Jharkhand's Seriakela-Kharsawan district.
Police said 35-year-old Ajay Kumar Mishra, employed with a private firm, hung himself on June 1. Mishra's family lodged a complaint with the police alleging it to be the outcome of the constant threats and harassment he was subjected to by the bank's recovery agents.
“They (agents) killed my brother. Ajay had taken a personal loan of Rs 45,000 from the ICICI Bank's Bistupur branch. He failed to pay the monthly installments for the last three months. The recovery agents threatened my brother,” alleged SC Mishra, brother of the deceased.
SP, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Laxman Prasad Singh, said the police were investigating the role of the recovery agents and bank officials.
"Recovering loan through goons is a serious offence. Banks or any other commercial institutions cannot hire musclemen and threaten people. It is an illegal act. I am looking into the case. If the family's claims are found true, the agents and the bank officials concerned would be booked," said the SP.