Maoists’ plot to assassinate Modi, Fadnavis, say police

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jun 2018 09:56:10


MUMBAI,

(PTI)

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said his office had received two letters allegedly from Maoists threatening him and his family. The Chief Minister added that Maoists are also planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi the way Rajiv Gandhi was killed, citing a letter allegedly seized from a person arrested two days back. The Chief Minister added that the police have recovered evidence that the Maoists were hatching a conspiracy to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Fadnavis said the State police, while arresting five people two days back, seized “internal communication” in which a maoist commander has asked his cadre that Modi should be assassinated. He said a probe is underway to find more links in connection with the alleged plot. The letter, which talks about the assassination plot, was recovered from the house of Rona Wilson who was among five people arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with ‘Elgar Parishad’ held in Maharashtra in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district, the police said.

“Earlier Naxals were confined to rural areas, now they have spread to urban areas,” Fadnavis said. In one of the internal communications (recovered from houses of those arrested by Pune police) a commander has directed his cadre that Modi should be eliminated the way Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated suggesting that Modi should be targeted during his road shows, according to the police. The letter, addressed to one Comrade Prakash by sender who identifies himself as ‘R’, talks about the requirement of Rs 8 crore to procure M-4 rifle along with four lakh rounds of ammunition for the purpose. All the five were on Thursday produced before the sessions court in Pune which remanded them in police custody till June 14. The letter reads: “Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party. Several leaders from secret cells as well as open organisations have raised this issue very strongly.

“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 successful established BJP Government in more than 15 States. “If this pace continues, then it would mean immense trouble for the party on all the fronts. “Comrade Kisan and few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-Raj. We are thinking along the line of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident.” “It sounds suicidal and there is a great chance that we might fail but we feel that the party PB (polit bureau)/CC (central committee) must deliberate over our proposal,” the letter adds.“Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is the supreme to all the sacrifices,” it adds.

According to officials, Fadnavis’s Office received the first letter on May 13 and another on May 18.Fadnavis told reporters that the two letters, allegedly from Maoist organisations, threatened him and his family and were handed over to the police.The letters came after the recent anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli in which 39 Maoists were killed, officials in the State Home Department said. Both letters mentioned the Gadchiroli encounters which took place on April 22-23, and talked about an intention of exacting revenge, they said.

“One letter is from Communist Party of India (Maoist) Central Committee and another from their Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee. Both the letters contain threats to CM and his family,” an official said. Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said the letters also threatened top police officials looking after the anti-Naxal operations. The Special Investigation Department (SID) of the State police is probing this matter, he said.

The Chief Minister added that “many such communications have been seized during the raids” and “the intelligence agencies are at work and the investigations are probing into more links in this connection.” Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar cited the letter while arguing in the court and seeking police custody of the five accused on Thursday.