Grain trader jumps in front of train, family accuses moneylender

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The family tell the cops that he was threatened and beaten by a lender for loan recovery.

A 41-year-old grain trader allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. Her family accused an acquaintance of complicity by pressuring the victim to repay a loan knowing that it was not financially sound. The Vashi GRP recorded one case of incitement to suicide. The defendants were incarcerated under various sections of the IPC. However, no arrests were made.

The deceased, Kanhaiyalal Premji Gajra of Koparkhairne, jumped in front of a moving train between Ghansoli and Rabale stations around 7.15 p.m. on Monday. His family approached Vashi’s GRP on Tuesday and named five people who allegedly fought with Kanhayalal to the APMC just hours before the incident.

Dharmesh Gajra said his deceased brother and his two business partners took out a loan of Rs 5 lakh from the chairman of the housing company where they live. However, the company they ran closed after suffering heavy losses in February.

Dharmesh said his brother even offered to repay a third of the loan because it was taken out by three partners. However, the lender insisted on being paid back in full. According to Dharmesh’s statement to the police, “To pay off the loan, we decided to rent an apartment that we own in the company, but the president refused to issue a certificate of no objection.”

The non-issuance of the certificate was raised at a company meeting on Nov. 29, which ended in a heated argument, according to the family. Dharmesh said he was informed by acquaintances working at the APMC that five men, including the lender, accosted his brother in the shop of another trader. “When I got there, my brother had left the store saying he had to do some work,” Dharmesh said.

Bhimji Bhanushali, secretary of APMC Cereal Merchants Association, told Mirror the two sides have often had public confrontations. “Kanhayalal had told a few friends after Monday’s incident that he was afraid for his life and that the group could kill him the next time they met him,” he alleged.

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