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29 January 2020

Sourav Ganguly receives death threats in India

Sourav Ganguly said that he had received a death threat through a letter. The letter is from an anonymous source. According to PTI, the former Indian captain said that he has received an anonymous “threat letter” that has warned him against attending a University program in Medinipur. “Yes I have received the letter on January 7 and I have informed this to the police and the organizers,” Ganguly is quoted as saying by the agency. The Cricket Association of Bengal president however, did not completely rule out him attending the Vidyasagar University that is to be jointly organized by the District Sports Association on January 19. “Let’s see,” he said, “nothing has been decided yet but it will be a live show program and you all will come to know if I go there.”

This is not the first time though that Ganguly has received such a threat. He was once a target of a terror organization along with other cricketing legends like Sachin Tendulkar.

In 2008, he admitted that he and his family had received two threat letters, one even going to the extent of threatening to kidnap his daughter Sana. While one was from Indian Mujahideen, the other was reportedly from Maoists.

"This time, the letter seems innocuous and might even be a prank. But the special branch has been activated and they will file a report in this regard even if no complaint is lodged as part of a routine exercise," said an officer.

Cops said the scan is necessary given certain areas of Midnapore are still frequented by Maoists.

However, it is important for two other reasons felt state officials — firstly, this is the first time such a threat has reached his Behala residence after a gap of almost nine years and secondly, there is explicit reference of a certain place which no other earlier letter had mentioned. Times of India reported