Doctor shuns clinic after receiving Rs 10 lakh extortion call in Bihar’s Champaran
An FIR claiming extortion demand has been registered by Dr Binod Kumar Singh, an ayurvedic medicine practitioner at Bairia Bazar under Turkaulia police station of East Champaran district in north Bihar.Updated: Jul 19, 2017, 18:56 IST
MOTIHARI A doctor in East Champaran district of north Bihar has stopped going to his clinic out of fear, after he received an extortion demand of Rs 10 lakh, late evening on Saturday. The sender(s) of the demand note said he needed to pay up the amount for his own protection.
Police said this was the first reported incident of a doctor being targeted for extortion in Bihar in the current year. This followed a lull of several months after several such incidents were reported in 2016.
The recipient of the note, Dr Binod Kumar Singh, a practitioner of ayurvedic medicime at Bairia Bazar under Turkaulia police station of East Champaran, has filed a complaint in this regard, following which an FIR has been registered on Sunday.
A resident of Majhar Village, located close to Bairia Bazar, Dr Singh, BAMS, told the police that the sender of the extortion letter had warned him to pay up or be prepared to be killed.
Station house officer (SHO) in-charge of Turkaulia PS, Dharmajit Mahto confirmed he had received the doctor’s complaint. “Efforts have been initiated to catch the persons who had sent the threat letter”, he said.
Citing an eye witness account, police said a stranger came and handed over a letter to an eight year old boy with the instruction to give it to the doctor. The boy handed over the letter to a man named Babloo Kumar, who conveyed it to the doctor.
Police said it was being investigated whether or not the sender of the letter was actually an extortionist. “This may be the handiwork of one of Dr Singh’s competitor”, said a police officer, recalling such cases had come to light in the recent past.
Earlier, a doctor couple - Dr Kiran Singh and Dr Santosh Singh had lodged a case against unknown persons at the Mohania police station of Kaimur district in western Bihar on November 15 last year, after receiving an extortion call for the first time. Two persons were later arrested in connection with the incident.
In May last year, Dr Hemant Verma, a child specialist of Patna, had filed a police complaint claiming an extortion demand of Rs 1 crore had been made upon him.
The same month, senior medical officer Dr Harikishore Singh, posted in Forbesganj, Araria, had also received an extortion demand of Rs 2 lakh on his cell phone. Police arrested two persons, Diwakar Kumar Sah and Abhishek Kumar Yadav, in this connection.
Before that, Dr Hena Rani Debnath of Patna had received an extortion demand of Rs 5 lakh on January 18 last year. Thereafter, another doctor, Vivekanand Jha of Hajipur, was threatened and shots were fired at his house when he refused to pay extortion money.