A 42-year-old farmer committed suicide on Wednesday night after being allegedly harassed by a moneylender. The Ambalavayal police identified the deceased as Shaji, 42, of Mundakkal near Sulthan Bathery. He is survived by wife Shibi and three children.

Shaji was found in a critical state after consuming poison inside a pump house on his plantation on Wednesday evening. Though he was rushed to a private hospital at Sulthan Bathery, he died, M.D. George, SI at Ambalavayal station told The Hindu.

In a suicide note, found in his pocket, he had stated that he was committing suicide owing to recurrent harassment by a moneylender at Sulthan Bathery, to whom he had paid Rs.15 lakh. But the money lender had asked him to pay Rs.5.60 lakh more to return the documents he had pledged with him, Shaji’s relatives said.

Moreover, the moneylender had threatened Shaji’s wife and mother over the phone on the day, they added.

Mr. George said the details of the cash transaction were yet to be ascertained. He said the police on Thursday raided the house of one Robert Alexander in connection with the incident. The police said he was absconding.