Calcutta: Sourav Ganguly, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, has received a threat letter from one Z. Alam.
The envelope of the letter, which was couriered to Sourav’s home, carries an address in Midnapore as the sender’s address.
The letter has come from “All India Anti Corruption Committee, Regd. MAH/339/98/THN, Zulfaqar Ali, P.O. Midnapore, Dist. Paschim Medinipur, Pin – 721101”.
Sourav is scheduled to attend a programme in Midnapore on January 19. The programme, according to former India captain, is being hosted by a Midnapore university and the district association.
The letter addressed to Sourav’s mother, Nirupama Ganguly, has warned her that her son shouldn’t go to Midnapore and that if he goes, he “will not return home”.
The letter is written in Bengali and carries quite a few errors. The most confusing one is the date of Sourav’s proposed travel to Midnapore as referred to in the letter. While the letter warns Sourav not to go to Midnapore on January 5, the scheduled programme is on January 19.
Z. Alam, the person who has signed the threat letter, has named one Ashis Chakraborty, without specifying who he is.
Incidentally, there actually is a Trinamool Congress MLA by the same name from Garbeta, West Midnapore. That too has led to plenty of confusion.
The letter alleges that Chakraborty has taken money from a lot of people promising them of jobs and demands CBI and CID probe into the matter.
Sourav, when asked about the matter on Monday, admitted that he did receive such a letter and that he has informed the police about the same.
“Yes, I have received a letter a couple of days back. I am supposed to attend an university programme in Midnapore district on January 19.
“I have been threatened in the letter not to attend the programme. I have informed the police about the same. They are looking into the matter,” Sourav said.
Asked if he would still be attending the programme, Sourav said: “Let’s see… It’s still some time off… I have not yet decided whether I would be going there.”
Some of the CAB regulars, who came to know about the letter on Monday evening, condemned the act.
“It’s very unfortunate if the CAB president has received such a letter. Police should do something about it,” one of the CAB office-bearers said.
“Why is such a letter being written to Sourav? He is a former India captain,” said another senior official.
Though Sourav didn’t speak much on the matter, one wonders if all of it is a fallout of infighting in the district association.