Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently received a letter demanding Rs 50 crore ransom by an inmate of Bilaspur district jail, Chhattisgarh. 

In the letter, the prisoner, 40-year-old Pushpendra Nath Chouhan, had demanded Rs 50 crore from Patnaik, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Arif Sheikh said.

The Bilaspur Police swung into action after being alerted, following which the officials identified and interrogated Chouhan, who belongs to Janjgir-Champa district in Chhattisgarh. He is currently serving a jail term in cases of dacoity and murder, and has been in prison since 2009, Sheikh said.

“Odisha Additional Director General (Intelligence) informed Bilaspur police about the threat letter written to the Odisha Chief Minister. Bilaspur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar interrogated Chouhan on Monday. He confessed to have written the letter to garner public attention,” he said.

“A detailed investigation will be conducted and a report sent to the Odisha Police, which will take further action in the matter,” he added.

Additional SP Chandrakar said Chouhan had sent a similar communication to a district collector of Odisha in the past.

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