Farmer ends his life in TN after finance company seizes tractor for non-payment

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CHENNAI: A farmer in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, has taken his own life after loan officers from a private finance company seized his tractor and insulted him and his family in front of neighbours.

Chinnadurai (23) and his brothers, Suresh 33 and Bhaskaran 28, all farmers from Gingee had bought two tractors by taking a loan of Rs 6.30 lakh from a private finance company.

The family had settled the loan amount for one tractor, while they requested time for the repayment fee of the second tractor which came up to Rs 2 lakh.

However, the agents of the private company did not listen to their plea and seized the tractor. Family members said that in addition to removing the tractor, officers abused Chinnadurai and his family, including women, and it upset him. He committed suicide on Sunday.

Valathi Police in Villupuram district registered a case against two loan officers, Lingeswaran and Siva, and two others from a private finance company under Sections 294(b) (sings, recites or utters a song, a ballad or obscene words in and around any public place), 341 (punishment for undue duress) and 306 (incitement to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has come out strongly against the inhumane treatment of the farmer and called on the government of Tamil Nadu to arrest the loan officers immediately.

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