Moneylender detained after armed reserve officer killed himself in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu – Reuters

By Express press service

CUDDALORE: An Armed Reserve Officer (AR) ended his life in Cuddalore for alleged harassment by a pawnbroker. Police have arrested a 30-year-old woman in connection with the case. Sources at Cuddalore SP office said Mr Selvakumar (27) from Maduvanaimedu village in Bhuvanagiri was a Constable attached to the Armed Reserve Battalion in Pali near Ulundurpet.

On the evening of June 1, he passed out near the Cuddalore court complex and was rushed to Cuddalore GH, where doctors discovered he had consumed poison. After first aid, he was transferred to JIPMER Hospital in Pondicherry for further treatment but died on Tuesday.

During initial investigations, police discovered that he had taken the extreme measure due to harassment from a pawnbroker.
A complaint filed by Murugan, the father of the deceased, said Selvakumar took out a loan from K Anitha (30) from Periyanellikollai village and repaid it six months ago with interest.

“However, Anitha had Selvakumar sign an empty bond paper, which she then filled in that he had borrowed 12 lakh from her.” The complaint also says she threatened Selvakumar with legal action. Upset by his activities, Selvakumar ended his life, the complaint adds.

A police officer said: ‘We have confirmed that he ended his life as he was harassed by Anitha. The police filed a complaint under article 306 of the CPI (incitement to suicide) and arrested the pawnbroker.

(Assistance for those with suicidal thoughts is available on Tamil Nadu Health Helpline 104 and Sneha Suicide Prevention Helpline 044-24640050)

“Continuous harassment”
A complaint filed by Murugan, Selvakumar’s father, said the harassment continued even though Selvakumar had repaid the loan he took from Anitha.


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