Jharkhand: `Depressed` engineer sent threat mail to settle score

A `depressed` engineer, who used to work in the USA, was on Saturday arrested on the charge of sending an email to the Delhi Police.

Updated: Jun 10, 2012, 00:12 AM IST

Hazaribag: A `depressed` engineer, who used to work in the USA, was on Saturday arrested here on the charge of sending an email to the Delhi Police threatening to eliminate the Prime Minister and the Union Finance Minister.

Hazaribag SP Pankaj Kamboj said 35-year-old engineer Anurag Kanishk was identified to be the sender of the email and he did this to settle scores with another person for some personal reasons.

Kanishk, who was produced in the press conference, allegedly sent the email from a cyber cafe on June two.

The email, purportedly written by Vaidehi Sharma, a "widow" of a retired employee of Central Coalfield Limited, had claimed that she had not received his financial dues nor was the plea for employment for her son entertained, he said. It also claimed the widow had written to the Prime Minister and the Union Finance Minister but to no effect.

Kamboj said Vaidehi Sharma is a man and a not not a widow, as claimed in the mail, whose nephew Manish is known to Kanishk.

He said Kanishk was suffering from depression since his wife had left him about six years ago taking along their nine-year-old daughter.

Kanishk now wanted to marry Manish`s sister but she and her family rejected his offer, the SP said adding someone had damaged a hoarding promoting Kanishk`s business on June two and he was under the impression that Manish had done it.

To implicate Manish and his family, Kanishk used the name of Vaidehi Sharma and wrote in the email that a Maoist, Mahesh Ganjhu, would carry out the threats if no steps were taken by the Centre, Kamboj said.

Asked why he used the name of top government leaders for such a petty issue, Kanishk claimed he was a BJP supporter and was angry with the UPA government at the Centre due to its "failure" to control high prices of essential commodities.

Kanishk, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, used to work in a US farm but returned to Hazaribagh some years ago and was doing Internet-based business since then from his Arya Nagar Colony residence here, the SP said.

The SP said the police had no information about any Maoist named Mahesh Ganju.

The owner of the cyber cafe, from where Kanishk had sent the email, was arrested yesterday as the identity of the sender of the email was not entered as was required under rules.

The police had detained four persons yesterday including Kanishk and Abid Hassan, the cyber cafe owner. While the two were arrested, the two others were released.