Pregnant woman dies as financial company recovery worker drives tractor on her

A 27-year-old pregnant woman was crushed to death under the wheels of a tractor driven by force by the recovery officer of a major financial company in Hazaribagh district, Jharkhand, a senior police official said on Friday. police.

The incident took place on Thursday and the victim, daughter of disabled farmer Mithilesh Mehta from Bariyanath under Ichak police station, was three months pregnant. Police District Superintendent Manoj Ratan Chothe said a murder case has been registered against four people including the debt collector and the director of the private finance company.

A special investigation team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (HQ) Rajeev Kumar has been formed to arrest those involved, the SP told reporters. Mehta told police that he received a message on his mobile phone on Thursday from the Mahindra Finance Company, from which he had taken out a loan for the purchase of the tractor, asking him to pay his arrears of one year immediately. amount of Rs 1.3 lakh.

The company’s communication had also threatened to take away the tractor, which was parked at a nearby gas pump on the NH-33, unless the money was paid. The man had immediately rushed to the scene after receiving the message and found the tow truck operator already walking away from the tractor, the SP said. He ran after the moving tractor and told the recovery officer that he was ready to pay Rs 1.2 lakh immediately, but the man insisted that the full amount owed be settled before resuming ownership of the equipment.

As the recovery worker refused to listen to the man’s pleas and continued to drive the tractor away, his pregnant daughter, who had reached the spot, ran after it and was crushed to death under its wheels, said the SP. A large number of villagers, mostly women, protested outside the Hazaribagh collector with the body on Friday and demanded the immediate arrest of the financial company’s manager and debt collector.

They also demanded compensation of Rs 20 lakh from the victim’s family. The unrest was lifted two hours after police assured them that all culprits would be arrested soon. Mahindra Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Anish Shah said in a statement on Friday: “We are deeply saddened and disturbed by the Hazaribagh incident… We stand with the family at this time of mourning. .”

He assured to investigate the incident in all its aspects and also to undertake a review of the practice of using third party collection agencies that has existed. “We will provide all possible support to the authorities during the investigation of this tragic incident,” the statement added.