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Dec 14 2016 (07:48)  Pay Rs 50cr or will blow up passengers: Letter to Eastern Railway (
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KOLKATA: A letter received by the Eastern Railway (ER) headquarters in Kolkata on Friday, threatening to kill passengers in the Howrah division by setting off improvised explosive devices (IEDs) unless Rs 50 crore is paid, has not only thrown officials in a tizzy, but also landed a 67-year-old man in a spot of trouble. The letter was purportedly signed by Subhas Chandra Das, who claimed to be a member of the banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
When officials called up the number mentioned in the letter, the person who took the call was Das indeed but he denied any involvement. Das, who retired as the director (engineering) of Doorsdarshan in 2010, was summoned by the Hare Street police station on Monday when he
was interrogated and made to submit specimen signatures. From there, he returned to a private hospital off EM Bypass, where his wife is admitted.
Besides threatening to kill the Bengal CM, the writer also claimed he provided shelter to many members of the outfit in 50 flats in Bengal that he bought during his tenure.
"I have never faced this kind of harassment in my life. I have never had any differences with anybody during my career. I can't think of anybody who would want to harm me in this manner. My wife is now in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as both her kidneys are dama ged," said Das, a resident of Haltu in south Kolkata.
Another name and number mentioned in the letter is that of Sinha & Co of R N Avenue, Sodepur. Sanjeev Sinha, proprietor of the company , was also summoned by Hare Street police station during the day and interrogated. "I wonder why somebody would want to cause me any harm by involving me. I am a small-time businessman. I know Das since his days in Doordarshan. This mischief is obviously the handiwork of somebody who knows both of us. It is obvious he didn't know my name and so, mentioned my company ," he said.
Besides alerting the Ho wrah and Sealdah divisions, the ER contacted the Kolkata Police commissioner and additional director-general of police, railways.
Acomplaint has been registered against Das, charging him with "causing mischief by spreading rumour and threatening people for extortion".
Special security checks are being conducted at stations in the Howrah and Sealdah divisions. "We are taking necessary precautions and people need not panic. The letter was received by our headquarters and we were directed to take required steps to prevent any untoward incident," said R Badri Narayan, divisional railway manager, Howrah.
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