Bank employee puts an end to his life for harassment by loan application managers

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Harassment by mobile lending app executives allegedly caused a cooperative bank employee to take his own life. The body of the late Nandakumar T., 52, a resident of Nagadevanahalli and employee of a private cooperative. bank, was found on Monday on the railway tracks between Nayandahalli and Kengeri.

Police recovered a death note in which he allegedly blamed harassment by loan app executives. The deceased’s wife confirmed her handwriting on the letter.

Investigations revealed that Nandakumar had borrowed a loan from mobile apps and was paying them back. However, whenever there was a delay in repayment, he received calls from loan application executives threatening dire consequences and hurling abuse at him. They also allegedly sent his transformed photographs to him, his family members and others on his contact list.

Nandakumar had even filed a complaint with the cyber crime police and filed a petition with the police in Karnataka and Maharashtra asking them to ban 46 mobile loan apps, which harass the gullible public.

Shobha NS, wife of Nandakumar, asked the police to take legal action against 46 mobile loan apps and a friend of Nandakumar, who he borrowed a loan from and allegedly harassed him to repay. Based on the complaint, police registered an FIR charging mobile loan applications and the deceased’s friend, charging them under various sections of the Computers Act 2000 and also under inciting suicide.

The Hindu recently reported on numerous cases filed with the city’s cybercrime police regarding loan applications. Nearly one in 10 cybercrime cases filed in the city involve loan applications, police said. Despite repeated requests, the playstores show a lax attitude, do not do their due diligence and do not remove these applications.

(Those in distress or those with suicidal tendencies can call Arogya Sahayavani Ph.: 104 for assistance).

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