Man ends life due to usury, 2 held

A 42-year-old man ended his life at a grocery store in Korattur due to harassment from moneylenders.

The deceased was identified as S. Selvakumar, 42, from Korattur, who ran a grocery store. He was found dead by customers on Tuesday. On information, personnel from the Korattur police station retrieved his body and sent it for a post-mortem examination.

In a note which was recovered on Wednesday, Selvakumar alleged that Prakash, 28, and Thyagarajan, 47, harassed him. He had borrowed โ‚น4 lakh and โ‚น11 lakh from them respectively. While he paid Prakash โ‚น11 lakh as interest, an interest of โ‚น33 lakh was paid to Thyagarajan. The duo allegedly demanded more money to settle the debt, and threatened Selvakumar to hand over his house.

The police arrested Thyagarajan and Prakash, and remanded them in judicial custody.

(Assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the Stateโ€™s health helpline 104 and Snehaโ€™s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050.)

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