A 25-year-old man in Bengaluru hung himself as he was allegedly being harassed by loan sharks. Rajesh, a resident of JC Nagar and a marketing professional, took the extreme step on Friday.
However, before taking his life, Rajesh recorded a two-minute video on his phone in which he cautioned people against taking loans from such financiers. In the video, Rajesh said that he had taken a Rs 25,000 loan from a financier called Kiran. And since he was unable to repay the money, Kiran had been harassing him.
The financier had also allegedly gone to Rajesh's house in the past and assaulted his family. Rajesh asked Kiran to not trouble his family after his death. The victim also mentioned a woman he had loved but who had broken up with him.
According to police, Rajesh was upset for both these reasons and this could have driven him to suicide. "At the same time, his lover is also alleged to have deserted him over personal reasons. Upset over both the issues, Rajesh committed suicide by hanging on Friday night when his parents went out," an officer said.
When his brother returned home, he found Rajesh hanging from the ceiling.
A case has been filed and investigations are underway.
In December last year, another man took his life in a similar way. 27-year-old Anil, a resident of Beniganahalli in Byappanahalli, worked as a cab driver. Before hanging himself, Anil recorded two videos where he alleged that he was being harassed by bank officials over a loan.
Anil's father Rajanna told the police that his son had taken a Rs 4 lakh loan from SBI's Nagavara Palya branch some years ago. The bank allegedly threatened to auction his house if he failed to clear the loan.
In one of the videos Anil took before his death, Anil urges people not to "get stuck in the net of loans".
"We cannot ignore parents or wife or children. But, they are not the reason for my suicide. I'm going to commit suicide only because of bank loan. Think before getting loan. Don't get stuck in the net of loans. The loan providers would die for interest," he said.