Doctor Allegedly Sends Death Threat to Mamata Banerjee's Chief Advisor, 3 Arrested
Kolkata: Accused of allegedly sending a death threat to the former West Bengal chief secretary, and current chief advisor to the State CM, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, a doctor has been arrested by the Kolkata Police.
Apart from the doctor, police have also nabbed a typist and the driver of the doctor, for allegedly being involved in the matter.
Police have learnt that the 41-year old doctor who currently works at KPC Medical College in Jadavpur, used to send such letters to several high-profile people for the last two years, reports IANS.
The three arrested will be taken to court on Tuesday. The investigating officers will try to extract more details about the doctor, his associates and other recipients of such letters.
Mr. Bandyopadhyay, who retired in May, is at present the chief advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He had recently received a death threat through a letter sent to his wife.
The letter issued in the name of Alapan's wife Sonali Chakraborty Bandyopadhyay came to her on October 26, signed by Gaur Hari Mishra -- lab technician of Rajabazar Science College, the science division of Calcutta University.
It also bore the name of Mahua Ghosh -- the head of the department of Chemical Technology of the university. Sonali Chakraborty Bandyopadhyay is the vice-chancellor of Calcutta University.
While interrogating Ghosh and Mishra, police realised that they were nowhere involved in the case.
On Monday evening, working on a tip-off, police arrested a typist from Bijan Setu area of Ballygunge in South Kolkata and learnt about the doctor who sent his driver to get the letter typed from him.
After getting information from him, the city police sleuths arrested the doctor, who works in a city-based medical college, from Raja Rammohan Sarani and his driver from Manicktala area, a senior officer told PTI on Tuesday.
"The doctor had sent his driver with a draft of the letter to the typist. He has written such letters to several people. It seems that he has a mental disorder. We are probing into the matter," the officer said.
His wife Sonali Chakrabarty, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, had received the typed letter. "Madam, your husband will be killed. No body can save the life of your husband," read the letter, dated October 22, a police officer had said.
IANS adds that the doctor's driver used to get the letters typed by the typist and posted them from different post offices. The addresses were given by the doctor.
On October 25, the doctor made his driver post six letters, including that of Alapan Bandyopadhyay, from a post office at Sarat Bose Road in South Kolkata.
Apart from Sonali, threatening letters were also sent to the Principal of NRS Shaibal Mukherjee, Principal of Calcutta Medical College Hospital Julie Bhattacharya, and Director of Medical Education Debashis Bhattacharya.
According to a police source, during interrogation the doctor confessed to his habit of sending threat letters and that he did this to get relief from mental stress.
Since no one had ever filed a complaint against him, it had become his habit, he said, adding that he had no idea that this could lead him to trouble. He also confessed that Gaur Hari Mishra was his neighbour and he had no idea about this.
"In some cases, he wrote the letters because he had some personal grudges. In some cases, he was influenced by media reports. In one of the letters, sent to the principal of a medical college, he alleged that there would be a doctors' agitation and two doctors would die," a police officer told Hindustan Times.
The daily further adds that the initial probe has made the Police suspect that the doctor could have some mental health issues and police are currently trying to get access to his medical history.