Tragic Death of Pregnant Woman in Jharkhand Sparks Outrage

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A 22-year-old pregnant woman in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh died after being hit twice while trying to prevent employees of a finance company from seizing her father’s tractor, police reported.

The farmer, Mithilesh Kumar Mehta, had borrowed money from a finance company in 2018 and was supposed to repay it in 44 instalments of Rs 14,300 each. Mehta made the payments until the lockdown was imposed, which made it impossible for him to continue paying, according to the police.

After failing to pay the next six instalments, the final settlement amount came to around Rs 1.2 lakh. When the farmer tried to settle the amount, the company demanded an additional Rs 10,000. Although the farmer initially left without paying, it was later agreed that he would pay Rs 1.2 lakh by September 22. However, on September 15 (Thursday), employees of the company went to his house to seize the tractor, as per a police officer.

When the finance company employees arrived at Mehta’s home, they attempted to take the “front end of the engine.” Monika Kumari, Mehta’s two-month pregnant daughter, tried to intervene.

Mehta and Monika confronted the employees and an argument ensued, leading to the woman being struck twice by a vehicle as the accused fled, the police officer stated. She was taken to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, where she was pronounced dead by doctors.

“We have filed a murder case and are working to apprehend the suspects,” said Hazaribagh SP Manoj Ratan Chothe.

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