Bhubaneshwar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik received a ransom letter demanding Rs 50 crore and the sender of the ransom was identified as an inmate in Bilaspur district jail, said a police officer on Monday. The matter is now under investigation. Pushpendra Nath Chouhan, the prisoner who sent the letter to the Odisha chief minister had demanded Rs 50 crore ransom but the threat in the letter cannot be disclosed, said Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Arif Sheikh. He said that the matter was under investigation.
Sheikh also said, as reported by news agency PTI, the letter was sent through the post and was received by the Odisha Police on August 25, who later informed the Bilaspur police authorities on Sunday. After the Bilaspur Police was alerted, they identified and questioned Chouhan. Chouhan belongs to Janjgir-Champa district in Chhattisgarh. He was serving his jail term for robbery, murder and dacoity since 2009, as per Sheikh.
During the interrogation, he admitted to writing the letter and sending it to Patnaik and told the police that its aim was to attract public attention. Sheikh said, “On Sunday, Odisha Additional Director General (Intelligence) in a letter informed Bilaspur police about the threat letter written to Patnaik.”
He also said that according to the primary investigation, it was discovered that Chouhan is mentally unstable. A detailed investigation will be carried out and a report will be sent to Odisha police for them to take further action. Chouhan told Additional SP Chandrakar that he writing such letters was his hobby and had sent one such letter to a police official in Odisha.