UP: Dalit labourer set on fire for not repaying Rs 700 loan taken 12 years ago
The labourer had availed an advance of Rs 700 about 12 years ago. Being uneducated, he had not maintained the records despite paying bulk amounts even as the contractor kept charging 10%-30% interest, and compounding the amount.lucknow Updated: Feb 25, 2017 12:12 IST
A Dalit labourer, who worked in a bangle making unit in Firozabad, was allegedly set afire on Friday for not repaying a loan of Rs 700 taken from a contractor 12 years ago.
Prabhu Dayal (42), working in the unit for the past 10 years, has been hospitalised with 70% burn injuries, and his condition is said to be serious.
A case has been registered against the bangle unit contractor and others at Linepaar police station in Firozabad, and one of them, Sanjay has been arrested, police said.
The unmarried labourer is said to have availed an advance of Rs 700 about 12 years ago. He had later taken Rs 500 a couple of years back. Being uneducated, he had not maintained the records despite paying bulk amounts even as the contractor kept charging 10%-30% interest, and compounding the amount.
Besides, the contractor is learnt to have charged him, as a practice, for being absent from work, wherein the amount spent towards hiring a substitute was debited from him.
“My son had paid Rs 15,000 (principal with interest) in 2015, yet he was asked to pay Rs 20,000. Today, the accused, Sanjay alias Sanju came to my house and took my son with him. My son was badly beaten and set afire for not paying back the money,” Dayal’s mother said.
However, one of the accused, who has been arrested, denied the allegations, and claimed that Dayal had set himself on fire after being reprimanded for not coming to work for the past five days.
The accused had tried to save the victim and burnt his hand, he said.
The accused’s acquaintances corroborated the fact that Dayal had not come to work for the past five days and appeared on Friday.
A case has been filed under sections 326, 504 and 506 of the IPC and the SC/ST Act against Sanjay, Pawan and Satish, police said, adding that efforts were on to nab them.
Firozabad SP, Sanjeev Vajpayee said the allegations that Dayal was set on fire for not repaying the loan were being verified.