He tried to borrow money from several sources to repay the loan. When he could not, he took pesticide and his own life, embarrassed and ashamed
Belal Hossain, a welder in Shahjahanpur upazila has taken his own life, embarassed at failing to make loan repayment instalments to an NGO on multiple occasions in Shahjahanpur upazila, Bogra.
The poor man reportedly took monetary loans from different NGOs namely Focus, Asha, SKF, and Sajeda Foundation to cover his family expenses.
He was constantly being nudged by the NGO officials to pay his instalments while he was out of work amid the pandemic, locals said.
Belal was scheduled to return Tk2000 on Tuesday, said Mozaffar Rahman, chairman of Chupinagar union parishad, quoting the deceased’s family members.
“He tried to borrow the money from several sources and when he could not, he took pesticide to commit suicide out of embarrassment and shame,” said the chairman.
“Right after taking the pesticide he also hacked his neck with a sharp mechanical tool to confirm his death. His family took the blood-soaked man to the emergency room of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical Hospital where he died around 4pm on Tuesday,” the UP chairman added.
Contacted, Shahjahanpur police station OC, Azim Uddin, said he was informed of the suicide but did not know the reason for it.
He said: “We sent his body for autopsy. If someone files a case against the people responsible for his death, we will take legal action against them.”
Despite the government’s directive to collect instalment money from citizens amid the Covid-19 situation, a few non-governmental organizations (NGO) continued to pressure borrowers to repay them.
Local residents said it is common to see NGO officials and borrowers engage in altercations about loans.