Bengal professor who sent threat letter to Jadavpur officials arrested in Odisha

The Kolkata Police have arrested a man who had allegedly sent a threat letter to the registrar and joint registrar of Jadavpur University regarding the arrests of the accused in the death of a first-year undergraduate student last month. The accused, Rana Roy, a professor, was arrested from a hotel in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The varsity’s registrar Snehamanju Basu and joint registrar Sanjay Gopal Sarkar received a letter by post on Friday (September 1), threatening them of dire consequences if anything untoward happened to Saurav Chowdhury, one of the accused arrested in the student’s death.

So far, 12 people have been arrested in connection with the student’s death. Those arrested also include present and former students of the varsity, who played active roles in the incident. The victim’s family alleged that he died after being ragged by seniors.

A Kolkata Police team arrested Rana Roy, the accused, from Hotel Sun City in Bhubaneswar in a case related to the molestation of a woman. However, the police also found his involvement in the threat letter sent to Jadavpur University’s registrar and joint registrar.

A police complaint was filed after the threat letter was received at Jadavpur University.

In the molestation case, the woman, a resident of Belgachia in north Kolkata, had filed a complaint against Rana Roy. She accused him of stalking her, making objectionable gestures, hurling filthy expletives at her and sending her an indecent letter, besides hugging her.

According to the police, Rana Roy was also found to have defrauded several people of Rs 62,000 by impersonating himself as a government officer. He had a board installed on his car identifying himself as an officer of the West Bengal government.

(with inputs from PTI)

Edited By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Sep 5, 2023

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