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Apollo Hospital in Bangladesh gets email threat

The email asked the Indian staff to quit the country and pay a booty of nearly Rs 15 lakh each.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2006 16:49 IST
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The Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, a joint project of the Indian healthcare major with the STS Holdings in Bangladesh, on Monday received an email threat asking the Indian staff to quit the country and pay a booty of nearly Rs 15 lakh each, but the group's chief executive officer said it was definitely a "hoax."

The email letter in the name of one Abu Rahman claiming to be the secretary of joint action committee of the three banned Islamic militant groups -- Jamaatul Mujaheedin Bangladesh, Harkatul Jihad and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangadesh -- asked the Indian doctors and staff to quit by January 31 or face consequences, hospital and diplomatic sources said.

Rahman also asked for Taka 20 lakh (Rs 15 lakh approx) from each of the targeted staff, the sources said.

A Taleb, the STS group's chief executive officer, however brushed the threat aside as a "hoax", saying Bangladeshi security agencies were tracking down the source of the mail.

"It is definitely a hoax as the language the mail is written clearly says it is not from such groups and also money has been sought and such groups have no dearth of money," he said.

Taleb suspected that the mail might have been the work of a competitor to scare the staff and create problems for the hospital, which opened last year.

Until this mail, such an action committee has been unknown.

Threats from suspected Islamic militants from the JMB have continued to be sent to Bangladeshi individuals or institutions.

More than 800 JMB members have been arrested including, some key figures.