A week after the writer of the popular comedy show ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah’ Abhishek Makwana died by suicide, his family has now revealed that the deceased writer being prey to a cyber loan trap, that led him to take this drastic action.
In his suicide note, Abhishek Makwana has mentioned financial issues being the reason behind it. The family and friends of the deceased Abhishek Makwana, who was one of the writers of the popular sitcom, have also been getting calls from the fraudsters after his death, demanding that they pay back the money as he had allegedly made them guarantors in a loan.
Abhishek’s brother Jenis in talks with Mumbai Mirror shared being in Ahmedabad when his brother was found dead in Mumbai followed by figuring out his brother is a victim of fraud financial trap. The writer’s brother mentioned their family receiving calls from fraudsters demanding back their money, and when the family informed of not being in a position, they faced abuses from them. Post which he also checked his brother’s phone, with calls received by his brother being made from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and different parts of India.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Jenis said, “I checked my brother’s mails because ever since he passed away, I got multiple phone calls from different numbers demanding to be paid back loans he owed someone. One call was a number registered in Bangladesh, one in Myanmar, and others were from different states of India.” As he looked for information on his brother’s phone, he understood, his brother had taken a loan of a very small amount, the interest of which was way too high. Later through his brother did not ask for more loans they kept on sending him small amounts. He also figured these apps have been involved in online cyber scams.”
Continuing further he said, “From what I understood from the email records, my brother first took a small loan from one of the ‘easy loan’ apps that charge a very high rate of interest. I looked at the transactions between them and my brother closely after that. I noticed that they kept sending small amounts despite my brother not applying for the loans. Their interest rates are as high as 30 percent.”
The official of Charkop police station in charge of this case spoke about the suicide note penned in Gujarati, the cop said, “It spoke about difficulties in his personal life as well as financial troubles that he had been facing over the past many months. Apologising to his family, Abhishek said he tried his best to fight the circumstances but he can’t do it any longer as the problems are only increasing.”
“We have approached the bank for the transaction details and the phone service providers for the call data records. Right now, there is no solid evidence of the fraud or that the company was harassing the deceased. As and when we establish anything, we will proceed with the necessary action against the company,” he further added.