Letter mulling Modi assassination seized

Letter talked about working to consolidate ties with like-minded people, political parties and organisations across the country

New Delhi: A letter discussing a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi-like incident” has been found at the house of a person arrested over links with Communist Party of India (Maoist), Pune police informed a court on Friday.

“Pune Police have intercepted an internal communication by the Maoists, in which it has been revealed that they were planning a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type’ assassination of PM Modi. The police recovered a pen drive, a hard disk and some other incriminating documents from the house of one of the five people arrested on Wednesday for links with banned CPI-Maoist,” Pune Joint Commissioner of Police (CP) Ravindra Kadam told journalists.

The arrested persons are Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, suspected Maoists Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson. The letter was recovered from the house of Wilson, a member of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners.

Public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar told the court that the letter talked about the urgent need for Rs80 million to procure M-4 rifles and 400,000 rounds of ammunition.

“We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but party must deliberate on our proposal,” Pawar quoted the letter as saying.

It said that Modi-led Hindu fascism was bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous tribals.

“In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has successfully established Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments in more than 15 states. If this pace continues then it would mean immense trouble for the party on all fronts. Comrade Kisan and a few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end the Modi-era,” the letter read.

The letter addressed to one ‘Comrade Prakash’ mulled the idea of targeting Modi’s roadshows.

“Targeting PM Modi’s roadshows could be an effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is supreme to all sacrifices. Several leaders from secret cells as well as open organisations have raised this issue very strongly,” the letter further added.

It talked about working to consolidate ties with like-minded people, political parties and organisations across the country.

On Friday, all five accused appeared before the sessions court, which remanded them in police custody until June 14.

Reacting to the news, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said it was a “very serious matter.”

“It is known that Naxals are under pressure. It is sinister and dangerous. Many of these elements tend to link up with mainstream parties,” Kohli tweeted.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security was the top priority of the government and a reported Maoist plan to assassinate him was a hollow threat.

“Security of the Prime Minister is the top priority. Maoists are fighting a lost battle. The Maoist insurgency has considerably come down,” the Home Minister said.

“At present, the Maoist insurgency affects just 10 districts and it will end soon as has been done in the Northeast where insurgent violence has been contained and brought down by 85 per cent.”

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury expressed confidence in the security agencies investigating the matter.

“The security agencies are doing their work. The court is hearing the matter. Let the court decide,” he said.

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