The owner of a private hospital in Patna has received an extortion letter demanding Rs 50 lakh, with a live cartridge as a threat, magnifying fears of a decline in law and order in the state.
Delivered on May 19, the letter threatened Dr AK Singh, owner of Ruban Diagnostics Hospital located on S P Verma road, if he failed to pay up.
Dr Singh said the letter was handwritten.
“The letter has been written by one Rohit Kumar, MD of Jai Shitla Mata Construction Company. The identity of the sender appears to be fake. He has asked me to pay up Rs 50 lakh. I have been threatened with dire consequences if I fail to do his bidding. I have informed DIG, Patna range, Shalin about this,” the doctor said, adding that senior superintendent of police, Manu Maharaaj, visited his house to inquire about the incident.
An FIR has been lodged with the Gandhi Maidan police station.
“It’s a first of its kind incident in which a criminal has sent a threat letter with a live cartridge enclosed,” said a senior police officer, adding that the all angles were being investigated in the case and suspects were being identified.
“Security has already been provided to Dr Singh. We are trying to find out the culprit,” said deputy inspector general police, Sri Shalin.
Dr Singh denied having personal enmity with anyone. In fact, many of his hospital staff quit recently since the facility was not doing financially well, he said.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the letter was sent from a post office nearby.
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said police were investigating the case on a priority basis. “The culprit will be nabbed soon. Nobody will be spared,” he added.
The Bihar government is already struggling with political foes claiming a return of the 90s ‘jungle raj’ following the killing of a senior journalist on May 13.
A group of five criminals on motorcycles shot two bullets at 42-year-old Rajdeo Ranjan when he was on his way home from office on a bike.
Investigations revealed that kill orders for Ranjan allegedly came from Siwan jail where former MP and RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin is serving a life sentence for murder.