Bilaspur jail inmate issues threat letter to Naveen for ‘public attention’


Bhubaneswar: In a bid to garner public attention, an inmate of Bilaspur district jail in Chhattisgarh had sent a threat letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding a ransom of Rs 50 crore. Odisha Police had received the letter on August 25.

Bilaspur SP Arif Sheikh today informed that the letter was written by a prisoner, identified as Pushpendra Nath Chouhan (40).

Chouhan, a murder convict and a native of Janjgir-Champa district in the neighouring state, had been serving jail terms since 2009.

“Odisha Additional Director General (Intelligence) in a letter informed Bilaspur police about the threat letter written to the Odisha Chief Minister. During interrogation Chouhan confessed to have written the letter to gather public attention,” Sheikh further said.

Notably, the Odisha Police received a threat letter that mentioning to eliminate Patnaik and his top bureaucrats if a ransom of Rs 50 crore was not paid. Interestingly, the criminal had mentioned the jail as the address at which the ransom amount was to be delivered.

As per preliminary investigation, Chouhan has been found to be mentally unstable.

A report will be sent to the Odisha Police after a detailed investigation into the matter, Bilaspur police. Earlier, Chouhan had sent a similar letter to a district collector of Odisha in the past, the police added.

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