Maoists Plan to Assassinate PM Narendra Modi with a Plot Similar to Rajiv Gandhi Exposed

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On Thursday, Pune Police have arrested five persons over links with CPI (Maoist). A letter has been found in the house of one of the person which talks about the ultras mulling ‘another Rajiv Gandhi type incident’ to end the Modi regime at the Centre.

Five persons arrested includes 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’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district. They were produced before the sessions court and were sent in remand till June 14.

Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar told the court, a letter was found in Rona Wilson’s house in Delhi which reads as the requirement of Rs 8 crore to procure M-4 rifle and four lakh rounds, and also about another Rajiv Gandhi incident.

The letter reads as: “Greater suppression of dissent… Com. Kisan and few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident. IItsounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but party must deliberate on our proposal.”

BJP’s Nalin Kohli said, “It is 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.”

Pawar demanded remand stating judge A S Bhailsare that by confiscating the documents, it has also come to know that preparations for Elgar Council, which the police believed was supported and funded by the Maoists for two months.

Pawar said, “The higher Committee has appreciated the endearing efforts of all urban comrades for the specific tasks given to them… there is a lot of ground to be covered. Comrade Mangalu and Deepu have been coordinating the Koregaon programme (for) last two months with Comrade Sudhir. They have been able to gather support from the larger sections of Dalits across the state.”

CPI funded comrade Sudhir for Koregaon Bhima task and Comrade Shoma and Surendra to provide funds for future programmes. Pawar said, the letter stated that the Bhima Koregaon agitation was losing its steam, and cadres should keep it alive. Also, it was revealed that senior Maoist leaders were asking lower-rung cadres to target and recruit intelligent students from various institutes.

The police called for the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against the five accused, the alleged law was not enforced against right-wing activist Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, on 1 January, in Bhima Koregaon to incite anti-Dalit violence.

Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam stated that a letter had been sent by fugitive Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde. On asking if it refers to the Congress and Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar, he said, “The letter has their references, but we are still investigating the details.”  The seized documents show indirect connection to recent Maoist attacks in Gadchiroli and in Chhattisgarh.

On December 31, Elgar Parishad was organised to commemorate 200 years of the Koregaon Bhima battle. At the gathering, Kabir Kala Manch activists made provocative speeches that lead to violence at Bhima Koregaon the next day, said Police. Now Police is seeing the connection of Teltumbde, comrade Prakash, comrade Manglu and comrade Deepu in absconding accused. Also, some of the arrested activists were the top brass of the Urban Maoists.

The Dalits celebrated the 1818 Battle of Bhima Koregaon in which British forces defeated Peshwa’s army to end the Maratha rule. Some Hindu organizations had opposed this year’s festival.