Over Rs 10,000, moneylender kidnaps two women, encourages man’s suicide bid; outfit – The New Indian Express

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TIRUNELVELI: A 43-year-old man was arrested on Monday for kidnapping a 28-year-old woman and her mother for failing to repay a debt of Rs 10,000 to Tirunelveli. He also allegedly encouraged the suicide attempt of the woman’s husband.

Kanthaiya

The woman, Siddhika Banu, who runs a soup shop in Moolakaraipatti, borrowed 10,000 rupees from the defendant, Kanthaiya, of KTC Nagar, Moolakkaraipatti police said. “She has not been able to pay the weekly interest of Rs 1,000 for the past three weeks. Kanthaiya threatened her and on November 16 kidnapped Banu and her mother from her vehicle.

He then called Banu’s husband, Sulthan Badusha, and demanded the repayment of the loan as a ransom, police said, adding that Badusha had attempted suicide and was hospitalized. Hearing this, Kanthaiya released Banu and her mother the next day in hopes of escaping police action, officials said.

“Banu met her husband and filed a complaint with the police. After a preliminary investigation, Kanthaiya was arrested under sections of the IPC and the TN Act prohibiting charging exorbitant interest,” police said. Kanthaiya has three ongoing criminal cases, including an exorbitant interest case.

Meanwhile, Badusha is discharged from the hospital. He asked for police protection for the defendant, saying that Kanthaiya could soon be released on bail. “We borrowed Rs 10,000 in August and paid Rs 8,000 in interest, but the principal remains the same. While lending the money, he said we could pay him back as much as possible. But within a week, he demanded Rs 3,000 as weekly interest. We negotiated and brought it down to Rs 1,000,” he said.

‘Business hit as worshipers fast’
Badusha said they could not repay the debt as their meat soup business had collapsed since Ayyappa devotees started their Karthigai fast, giving up meat.

TIRUNELVELI: A 43-year-old man was arrested on Monday for kidnapping a 28-year-old woman and her mother for failing to repay a debt of Rs 10,000 to Tirunelveli. He also allegedly encouraged the suicide attempt of the woman’s husband. Kanthaiya’s wife, Siddhika Banu, who runs a soup shop in Moolakaraipatti, borrowed 10,000 rupees from the accused, Kanthaiya, of KTC Nagar, Moolakkaraipatti police said. “She has not been able to pay the weekly interest of Rs 1,000 for the past three weeks. Kanthaiya threatened her and on November 16 kidnapped Banu and her mother from her vehicle. He then called Banu’s husband, Sulthan Badusha, and demanded the repayment of the loan as a ransom, police said, adding that Badusha had attempted suicide and was hospitalized. Hearing this, Kanthaiya released Banu and her mother the next day in hopes of escaping police action, officials said. “Banu met her husband and filed a complaint with the police. After a preliminary investigation, Kanthaiya was arrested under sections of the IPC and the TN Act prohibiting charging exorbitant interest,” police said. Kanthaiya has three ongoing criminal cases, including an exorbitant interest case. Meanwhile, Badusha is discharged from the hospital. He asked for police protection for the defendant, saying that Kanthaiya could soon be released on bail. “We borrowed Rs 10,000 in August and paid Rs 8,000 in interest, but the principal remains the same. While lending the money, he said we could pay him back as much as possible. But within a week, he demanded Rs 3,000 as weekly interest. We negotiated and brought it down to Rs 1,000,” he said. ‘Business hit as devotees fast’ Badusha said they could not repay the debt as their meat soup business had collapsed since Ayyappa devotees began their fast from Karthigai, abandoning meat

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