Mumbai: Debt collectors of an instant loan app allegedly drove a 38-year-old Mumbai resident to suicide by sending his transformed nude photos to his colleagues, relatives and friends for collection of a loan, which he and his family took insisted on never having used.
Police said the 38-year-old, who worked in a costume jewelery manufacturing unit, contacted his brother on April 24 to say he was being harassed for no reason. Debt collectors allegedly called, abused and threatened to repay the loan even as he repeatedly told them he hadn’t taken out any loans.
The harassment did not stop even after he filed a complaint with the police. His female colleagues were among those who received his altered photos ahead of his death by suicide at Kurar in Mumbai on Wednesday.
“We have registered a case of incitement to suicide against six people who called him (…) and harassed him using six different mobile numbers,” said a policeman from the Kurar police station, under cover of ‘anonymity. The police were looking for cell phone numbers.
The suicide was reported a day after police registered a case after Mohammed Shaikh, 23, a resident of Bandra (West) in Mumbai, complained that loan collectors sent his transformed nude photos to WhatsApp to his wife and their loved ones. Shaikh told police that Shaheen Mansoori, Anish Shaikh, Shehzad Shaikh, Tariq Qureshi, Sheru Shaikh and Afzal Khan attached a note with the altered photos saying he took out a loan but did not repay it. .
Shaikh was in dire need of money on April 23 and resorted to quick loans ( ₹3,500 and ₹2,500) from two applications. Recovery agents began calling and harassing him six days later.