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Threat for ransom

A dreaded criminal and a student leader on Tuesday night allegedly threatened the joint examination controller-cum-college inspector of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University with dire consequences if he did not pay them Rs 1 lakh as ransom.

The duo — fugitive criminal Anil Ojha and student leader Saket Kumar — forcibly entered the house of the exam controller, Rajendra Mahto, around 8.30pm with five others. They left only after the family members of Mahto intervened.

The exam controller lodged an FIR with the University police station soon after the incident. He also petitioned the Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University vice-chancellor, Bimal Kumar, district magistrate Santosh Kumar Mall and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar for protection against the criminals.

Mahto told The Telegraph that Anil, Saket and five others entered his official residence on the varsity premises and demanded Rs 1 lakh. The duo threatened him and his family members with dire consequences if he refused to follow their diktat.

He said: “Brandishing a sophisticated pistol, Anil demanded the sum. When I tried to reason with him, a verbal duel ensued. He also tried to assault me.”

Hearing the commotion, the family members of Mahto intervened and rescued him from the clutches of Anil. They also drove Anil, Saket and their five aides away.

Deputy superintendent of police (city) Upendra Prasad visited Mahto’s house late on Tuesday night.

Kumar, the SSP, said he had asked Prasad to take necessary action against the accused named in the FIR.