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NGO returns 2 cows after loanee’s death

Joypurhat Correspondentjoypurhat

Two cows, which were taken away on 7 December for failure to pay loan installment, were returned to the family of the debtor after his death at Badalgachhi upazila of Noagaon.

 Employees of a non-government organisation (NGO), ‘Nir Setu Sanchoy O Rindan’, had taken away the cows from the teacher, Santosh Kumar Bashak, who was unable to repay his installment as he was hospitalised.

Badalgachhi police officer-in-charge Jalal Uddin said the cows were handed over to the teacher’s family through a conciliation meeting between the parties at Badalgachhi police station on Wednesday.

Santosh Kumar, a teacher and resident of Goyeshpur Hatshapila village, took loan of Tk 40,000 to be refunded in daily installments, from the NGO.

After the payment of several installments, the teacher became sick and got admitted at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka. Because of hospitalisation, he was unable to pay for the installment.

On 7 December, zonal officer of the NGO, Masud Hasan, went to the teacher’s house with some of his field workers and took away the cows.

Shatadal Kumar Bashak, son of the teacher, inform the matter to his father on 12 December. The teacher was shocked receiving the news and his health condition deteriorated leading to his death on the day.

Satadal filed a case in this connection with Badalgachhi police station on Monday. Prothom Alo published a piece on Tuesday under the heading- ‘Rhin, Duti Goru Ebong Ekti Mrittu’ (Loan, two cows and a death).

Amit Paul, son-in-law of the deceased teacher, said, “We got our cows back. It was decided in the meeting that we have to repay the loan within 5 months. After the meeting sub-inspector Selim took our signature on blank paper and kept it with him.”

OC Jalal Uddin said, “Nothing to worry about the undertaking. The agreement will be written there later. The bond paper was blank because of our hurry.”

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