PUNE: Thirteen of the 25 accused have been arrested on expenses of abetment of suicide of 9 members of a household that had borrowed cash from them in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, an official mentioned on Tuesday.
According to a preliminary probe, the accused used to “harass and humiliate” the members of the Vanmore household as they had been unable to repay the loans they’d taken, apparently forcing them to take the intense step, he added.
Some of the arrested accused have already got circumstances associated to cash lending in opposition to them, the official mentioned.
Popat Vanmore (54), who labored as a instructor, his brother and veterinarian Dr Manik Vanmore (49), their 74-year-old mom, wives and 4 youngsters had been discovered useless at their homes in Mhaisal village of Sangli district on Monday, police had mentioned.
Suicide notes had been discovered from the 2 homes, situated 1.5 km aside from one another and over 350 km from the state capital Mumbai, they’d mentioned.
A preliminary probe steered that the 2 brothers had closely borrowed cash from numerous folks, police mentioned.
“The contents of the suicide notes indicate that the family had borrowed money from some people and was finding it difficult to repay it,” Sangli Superintendent of Police (SP) Dikshit Gedam informed a press convention.
“As the family members were humiliated for it, they took the extreme step,” he added.
Prima facie, it appears just like the deceased had taken the mortgage for some enterprise, the officer mentioned.
“We have already registered a case in opposition to 25 folks from whom the household had taken cash.
The household was harassed and humiliated by these folks, who compelled them to take the intense step,” he mentioned.
Of the 25 accused, police have to this point arrested 13 underneath Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 341 (wrongful restraint) and the related provisions of the Maharashtra Money Lending (Regulation) Act and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the SP mentioned.
Some of the arrested accused have already got circumstances associated to cash lending in opposition to them, he added.
Multiple groups have been shaped to hint the opposite accused, the SP mentioned.
Asked if all of the deceased had consumed a toxic substance collectively, the officer mentioned a probe to establish what they’d consumed and the way was nonetheless on.
“The cause of the deaths is still reserved and what substance was used is under investigation,” he mentioned.
Asked if there ware any superstition angles to the case, the SP mentioned to this point, the debt burden appears to be the prima facie cause behind the incident, however police will take a look at all potential elements.