Hyderabad: A 36-year-old autorickshaw driver attempted suicide as he was harassed by financiers in Miryalaguda.
The victim is undergoing treatment in Osmania General Hospital and his condition is said to be serious.
According to the victim’s relatives, two months ago Sk. John, the victim, had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from a finance company to buy an autorickshaw. As he couldn’t pay one month’s installment of Rs 6,500 on time, he was harassed by the financiers.
The victim’s wife Mumtaz said, “The financiers barged into our house and demanded the installment. My husband requested five days’ time, but they denied. They took away the autorickshaw which was our only source of livelihood. We have two children one 7-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. What about their future now?”
Depressed over being harassed, John committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in front of the finance company at Miryalaguda. Passersby immediately rescued him and shifted him to the Osmania General Hospital. The victim suffered 60 per cent burns.
Telangana Auto Drivers Union President A. Sathi Reddy said, “There should a clear law which states how much money should be paid as installment and strict action should be taken against those who harassed the victim for money. They even hire recovery agents to physically abuse victims. There are around 500 auto financiers who exploit innocent autorickshaw drivers by charging high interest rates. We have written to former minister Etela Rajender also.”