Jagatsinghpur, September 16 (LocalWire): Tension prevailed in Chatra village in Jagatsinghpur after a woman was allegedly poisoned by a couple of the same village.
Hearing this news, angry women from the village set to fire the shop of accused Badal Das and also staged a dharna in front of his house along with the woman’s dead body. The irate villagers demanded arrest of the accused Das and his wife.
On hearing the news, the police deployed forces to avert any further deterioration of the law and order situation in the village.
The woman Kanchan Das had visited the house of a Das to confront him about the Rs 60,000 loan that he had allegedly taken in her name without her consent.
Kanchan came to know about the loan when officials from the finance company, Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd, knocked her door for recovery of the amount.
According to the complaint registered by the Kanchan’s husband Hadibandhu Bhoi, when his wife confronted Das to return the loan amount he promised to return the amount within half an hour.
“Das and her wife Bharati offered a glass of soft drink laced with some poison while committing to return the amount within half an hour,” Bhoi stated.
“While returning home, she fell on the road after vomiting. We took her to the district headquarter hospital in Jagatsinghpur, from where she was to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. She succumbed to death during treatment,” he said.
According to sources Das worked as an agent of SKS Microfinance Ltd lured the villagers, especially women, by offering lucrative savings scheme and insurance plans. He also offered them assistance to get a loan at a low interest rate under the scheme.
Locals alleged that Das availed loan on behalf of the villagers without their knowledge and siphoned off over Rs 15 lakh in the name of depositors using in a nexus with the finance company.
Later, SKS Microfinance changed its name to Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd in 2016 and the officials started to contact the investors from the village for recovery of the loan amount.
Kanchan like others also came to know about the loan in her name only after the officials came to recover Rs 60,000 from her.
According to the Jagatsinghpur police station inspector-in-charge Rajani Kant Mishra, the victim woman’s husband has lodged an FIR and the police have registered a case in this connection.
“The accused Das is absconding and we are investigating the case,” he said.