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Bank officials gone to deliver debt-recovery notice held captive for three hours in Mansa

Police rescued three bank officials who were held captive for nearly three hours by members of a farmer union in Mansa on Wednesday evening.

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2017 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
The bank employees had gone to deliver a debt-recovery notice at the residence of Gurcharan Singh.
The bank employees had gone to deliver a debt-recovery notice at the residence of Gurcharan Singh.(HT Representative Image)

Police rescued three bank officials who were held captive for nearly three hours by members of a farmer union in Mansa on Wednesday evening.

The employees of Axis Bank went to deliver a debt-recovery notice at the residence of Gurcharan Singh who had taken a loan of ₹10 lakh from the bank. When the officials reached at his residence in Bhainibagah village, Gurcharan’s kin held the three bank officials captive with the help of members of a farmer union. “The farmer had a limit of ₹10 lakh in our bank and we had gone to deliver the notice issued by the debt recovery tunnel. His family members held us captive for three hours and the members of farmer union misbehaved with us. We called the police that rescued us,” said Ranbir Wali, one of the bank employees.

Meanwhile, Gurcharan’s son Jaswant Singh alleged the bank officials often threatened him with dire consequences if the debt was not cleared. “I would often receive calls from the bank. My father is in jail and in his absence, we were facing these threats,” said Jaswant. The bank officials, however, denied having ever threatened the family.

Later, station house officer of Sadar police station arrived at the village and rescued the bank officials and also struck a compromise between the two parties.

This is not the first time that bank officials had a run in with the farmers’ union. Bank had been displaying photographs of defaulter farmers on their premises, leading to a hue and cry, after which the deputy commissioner ordered against the practice.