The Mumbai police are probing a “threat” e-mail received by Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. The mail, allegedly threatening to kill him, was sent to his personal e-mail ID earlier this month. The police suspect it to be a hoax.
As the email, sent from the ID firstname.lastname@example.org using a proxy server, hints to the jihadi group ISIS, the Mumbai police have commenced its probe. However, they suspect that it could have been sent by Nigerian groups who are active in online frauds.
Meanwhile, the police have extended security to the RBI chief. Mumbai police PRO, DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, told The Indian Express, “Our investigations have revealed that the email has not been sent by IS but it could be from a Nigerian group who frequently send such emails to unknown people with an intention to extort money.”
The police have registered a case under various Sections of the IPC and certain sections of the Information Technology Act on Thursday.
The sender has allegedly threatened the RBI governor that he has been assigned with the task to eliminate him and could forgo the assignment if Rajan pays him “more than what he has been paid”. The amount is however not mentioned in the mail, the police said.