The victim’s family alleged that Iqbal had repaid the entire amount that he had borrowed from three financiers, but the lenders insisted that it was still outstanding.
Despite the police making sparring motions a few months back against private financiers, the situation remains grim for the unwary who seek loans from them due to easy availability. In a recent case, a lorry driver who had taken a loan has allegedly been kidnapped by musclemen.
Mohd Abdul Raheem alias Iqbal, 52, is said to be missing for the last 11 days and the family suspects that this could be the handiwork of some local financiers, who had lent him money to buy a lorry after he returned from KSA. Iqbal’s brother Abdul Hameed has lodged a kidnapping case with the Rajendranagar police. He says that the financiers had in fact taken everything from his brother and yet were insisting that there existed an outstanding amount.
The incident happened near Hyderguda village under Rajanderanagar police station limits on August 30. Iqbal was returning home by an RTC bus but never reached home. He had last called his family from Mehdipatnam, after which they have not heard from him. His mobile phone is switched off.
Iqbal’s wife and four children checked with all their relatives but nobody knows his whereabouts. Hameed says his brother had of late received many threatening calls and obviously this was the work of the financier’s hired hoodlums. He says the police had summoned the financiers but let them go.
Hameed says his brother’s lorry was gutted in an accidental fire last year and the insurance sum Iqbal received was taken by the three financiers.
Inspector Rajandera-nagar S Jayram told Postnoon that the police were still investigating the case but he denied having received a kidnapping complaint. The family alleged that the police bid was to make it a ‘missing’ complaint rather than kidnapping because missing complaint gives police unlimited time and can file the case as not traced whereas kidnapping has to be inquired into immediately.
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