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Kozhikode: A 64-year-old farmer was found hanging from a mango tree at his residence in Karayad here on Monday evening. Following his alleged suicide, his family has levelled allegations against a cooperative bank from which he had taken loan for agricultural activities and they are about to lodge complaint with the police.
The deceased has been identified as Velayudhan. He had taken Rs 9 lakh as loan from Koyilandy Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank. He owed Rs 9,25,1282 including interest, but was not able to repay it.
Bank authorities visited the house and gave notice for one-term settlement. As per the notice, he had to pay Rs 4,80,340 by November 30. According to his family, he was disturbed and he wanted to seek deadline extension.
Velayudhan had been going through a series of crises, said his relatives and locals. Covid-19 pandemic, floods, son’s accident and losses in cattle rearing are reasons cited by them.
Meanwhile, bank authorities maintained that only due procedures for loan recovery was pursued. They also claimed that confiscation process was not initiated.
(Suicide is not a solution to any problem. Seek the help of a mental health expert if you are in distress. Toll-free helpline number-1056)