THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A farmer, who faced recovery proceedings on an agriculture loan taken from a cooperative bank, committed suicide at his residence at Malayinkeezhu on Friday evening.The deceased is Aji, 30, son of Nesamani, Thejas House, Valiyarathala, Malayinkeezhu. He had availed of Rs 3 lakh loan from the Naruvamoodu Service Cooperative Bank in 2011.
The Malayinkeezhu police said that Aji was found hanging from the ceiling fan, by his wife around 6.30 pm. Though he was rushed to the Medical College Hospital, he was declared 'brought dead' by doctors around 7.30 pm.
"He had taken a loan for plantain cultivation. He suffered crop loss owing to drought for two consecutive times and hence farming was dropped. Only Rs 4,000 was paid back to the bank," said Sundaran, Aji's relative. Sundaran said the bank served an attachment notice on March 9. In the notice, the bank asked him to pay Rs 3,60,000 to avoid attachment. He was also asked to be present at the bank on Saturday at 11 am. "After crop loss, he used to go for masonry work to support the family. The fear of attachment of his only possession, the house and 10 cents of land, could be the provocation for the extreme step," Sundaran said.
On Saturday, around 2.15 pm, Aji's neighbours and relatives had staged protest with the body of the deceased in front of the bank, demanding writing off of the loan. The protest ended an hour later after the bank president gave in writing that the loan can be written off if the family can produce a special order from the chief minister or district collector.
Aji is survived by wife Reji, son Jithin, 6, and Jasmin, 4. The cremation was held on the house premises on Saturday evening.