Letter threatening terror attack sends HC into tizzy
Tension amplified at Calcutta High Court on Tuesday after Chief Justice Manjula Chellur had received a letter, addressed to Justice Dr. Sambudhha Chakrabarty threatening that a terror attack similar to what happened in Bangladesh recently would be carried out at the High Court.
The Chief Justice had sent the letter to Justice Dr Sambudhha Chakrabarty instructing him to open the letter in the court. Justice Dr Chakraborty later opened the letter and read it out in the court room. The letter that was delivered to the Calcutta High Court by Pappu Singh as it was mentioned in the letter, said that if the possession of a disputed house on East Canal Road was not transferred to a particular person, a terrorist attack would be performed in the city almost in the same manner as it happened in Bangladesh a few days ago. Tension spread among the lawyers and other staff members of the Calcutta High Court after the letter was read out in the court room. It was also mentioned in the letter that “bloodshed” will take place if the possession of the disputed house was not transferred.
Following the incident, the matter was informed to the advocate general Jayanta Mitra and the city police have already started an investigation into the matter. The investigation officers were looking into the threat with utmost sincerity and trying to know who had written the letter. Senior police officers including joint CP (STF) Vishal Garg visited the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday in this regard. Senior police officers held meeting to chalk out plans on how to strengthen the security arrangements at the HC and other places in the city. The security in and around the Calcutta High Court will be beefed up in the wake of the threat letter. The officer-in-charge of the local police station has been asked to intensify the vigil. Special surveillance will be carried out on the vehicles passing through the area.