A 26-year-old man caught in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district in relation to a case in which a pregnant woman supposedly crushed to death under the wheels of a tractor by recovery agents, police said.
He arrested from the district and an investigation on for the other accused in the incident that happened at Bariyath village on September 15, a senior officer said.
“We captured accused Roshan Singh alias Roshan Kumar Deo, 26, son of Pradeep Deo, village Punai under Daru police station of Hazaribagh district. Under sections 302/34 of the IPC in connection with Ichak PS case no 172/22 of September 16,” SP Manoj Ratan Chothe told PTI.
Chothe said Roshan is the “third party vendor involved in a finance company”.
Roshan is an employee of Team Lease, a company hired by Mahindra Finance.
Chothe said raids are on to catch the other three accused in the FIR.
The SP has formed a special investigation team led by deputy superintendent of police (HQ) Rajiv Kumar to investigate the case.
“Roshan among the four named in the FIR lodged after the death of Monika Devi,” Ichak police station officer-in-charge Dhananjay Singh said.
Narayan Prasad Mehta, a family member of the dead, asserted that the recovery agents and the manager of Mahindra Finance Company there had become annoyed when her father Mithilesh Mehta had sought to see proof of their identity.
He also said they sent Mithilesh a message over the phone to repay the loan of Rs 1.30 lakh.
Family members of the pregnant woman claimed that they (the recovery agents) insisted that Mithilesh must pay the full amount or they would seize the tractor parked in front of a nearby petrol pump.
According to them (the family members), Mithilesh had “offered to clear Rs 1.20 lakh quickly”.
Monika Devi, the pregnant woman, rushed to the spot with her divyang (differently abled) father to stop the recovery agents from seizing the tractor, and she crushed under its wheels.
The recovery agents and the finance company official had escaped the spot immediately, the police said.
Union Minister Annapurna Devi and CPI state council member Bhuvaneshvar Mehta met the sad family members on Sunday and strongly condemned the incident.
The area where the incident occured falls under Annapurna Devi’s parliamentary constituency Koderma.
The CPI leader criticised the high-handedness of the recovery team and the dreadful death of the 27-year-old woman.
He demanded a high-level investigation into the incident and rigorous action against the culprits. Mahindra Group chief executive officer and managing director Anish Shah mourned the death and assured that the incident would investigated from all aspects.
An examination would undertaken in the practice of using third-party collection agencies, he had said.
He had also guaranteed all support to the authorities during the investigation into the incident.
The incident has evoked outrage among villagers who have claimed rigid action against the recovery agents and the company.
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