NEW DELHI: The Pune Police have intercepted an internal communication of the Maoists, which talks about the ultras planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the manner of a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type’ incident, The Times of India newspaper reported.
The letter was allegedly found in the house of one of the five persons arrested for ‘links’ with the banned CPI (Maoist), the Pune Police told the court. A day earlier, the police arrested Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activists Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi respectively in connection with ‘Elgar Parishad’ held here in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district.
All five were produced before the sessions court which remanded them in police custody till June 14. The lawyers of the accused said the documents cited by the prosecution were fabricated and the accused had been framed. The letter found in Rona Wilson’s house in Delhi refers to the requirement of Rs 8 crore to procure M-4 rifle and four lakh rounds, and also mentions another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident.
“We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident,” the letter says. “It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance we might fail but we feel the party must deliberate over our proposal,” it goes on to state. The letter even mentions how this plan can be achieved. “Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy,” it says.
The letter refers to Modi-led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous adivasis. “In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has established a BJP government in more than 15 states,” it adds. But not everyone is convinced the letter was authentic. Sanjay Nirupam of the Congress felt the letter may have been planted.
“I am not saying this is completely untrue but It has been PM Modi’s old tactic, since he was PM, whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot it planted, he said. on the other hand, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury chose not to comment about the ‘truth’ behind the letter.