Even before a single culprit of the Ranaghat rape and loot has been arrested, the nuns of St Captanio Girl’s High School of Nagrakata, Jalpaiguri district have received four threat letters in March with the last one threatening reprisals on the lines of the March 14 Ranaghat crime.
The authorities of the school, located more than 600 kms to the north of Kolkata, received four letters between March 11 and March 21.
Both the authorities and the police are tightlipped about the contents of the letters, but the word went around in the locality that they letters threatened rapes and setting the school hostel ablaze.
The letters were written in Hindi with black ballpoint pen on white paper. According to locals, these were not delivered through the postal department, but were hand delivered.
The administration has posted policemen in the school campus to prevent any untoward incident.
“The school has received four letters. They contained threats,” said father Motias Kerketa, who is attached to a church adjacent to the school.
According to locals, one of the letters asked the nuns and students to vacate the hostel. Incidentally, the nuns and the students of the school organized a protest rally against the March 14 Ranaghat horror.
“We have posted policemen in the school,” was all that the police superintendent of Jalpaiguri, A Rabindranath, would say.
“We have taken the matter very seriously,” remarked inspector general, North Bengal, Gyanwant Singh, who too did not divulge the contents of the letter.
Like the Ranaghat incident, the police have failed to nab anybody in this case too.
“We are feeling insecure. There are no armed police around. If something happens like Ranaghat who will be responsible,” a teacher, who refused to be named, told the media.
Taking potshots at the state government, BJP national secretary told the media that West Bengal has come to such a pass that culprits of such horrible incidents are not arrested.
Sources told HT that after getting the letters the school authorities informed the church authorities in Kolkata, who in turn, conveyed the development to the chief minister. The administration immediately swung into action and took precautionary measures.
While some are saying that the letters were dropped outside the principal’s office inside the campus, some are saying students found the letters in a toilet.
Though the police won’t entertain any speculation at all, locals told HT there might be local interests at play behind the letters.
The school that is located at Champaguri in Nagrakata block of Jalpaiguri district, has about 1,200 students. There are 12 nuns in the institution.
The school enrolls students from nursery to class XII. It has residential facilities with nuns and students staying in the hostel. A number of students also belong to the economic weaker sections.
The school is about 35 years old, and runs under the Madhyamik board.