Bengaluru bank worker dies by suicide, note mentions harassment by instant loan app reps
A 55-year-old bank worker who allegedly received loans from at least 40 instant loan mobile apps died by suicide in Bangalore in Kengeri on Monday morning.
The man was identified as Nanda Kumar, a resident of Nagadevanagally and an employee of a cooperative bank. According to the Railway Police, Nanda Kumar left a note where he listed at least 40 mobile apps and the harassment of their representatives. The police have not yet determined the total amount that Nanda Kumar used as a loan.
A policeman said he had a difficult married life. Nanda Kumar would not have been able to repay the interest amount of the loans taken out as a result of these demands, police said. The lenders, who had processed the images of Nanda Kumar, allegedly threatened to upload the photographs to pornographic websites. In the note, Nanda Kumar mentioned that instant loan application representatives sent obscene messages and pornographic content to his contacts and friends to make it look like he had sent them.
A case of inciting suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against an unidentified accused.
Such instances of harassment are not new to Bangalore. According to a policeman, these loan applications offer money at a high interest rate and are generally not controlled by any authority. “They have access to their victims’ personal data and are starting to blackmail them into paying more interest,” the officer added.
The officer further said, “When victims fail to pay, their social media accounts are hacked and obscene images are sent to their friends and family members. They also form WhatsApp groups in which they humiliate the victims.