Activist’s letter spoke of “Rajiv Gandhi-like” event: Maharashtra Police

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Mumbai: Maharashtra police on Saturday said there was “conclusive proof” to link the arrested activists to Maoists, adding a letter exchanged by an arrested activist spoke of planning a “Rajiv Gandhi-like” incident.

“We have thousands of letters which show how these people were involved in the underground movement, how students from Jawaharlal Nehru University were being mobilised to overthrow the elected government. All these letters just make the Maoists links clearer,” said Param Bir Singh, Additional Director General, Maharashtra Police, in a press conference this evening

Singh said, “An email letter, between Rona Wilson and a CPI-Maoist leader speaks of ending “Modi-raj” with a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type incident. The letter also sought money for procuring grenade launchers”

The activists who were arrested on Tuesday – Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, activists Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves – are under house arrest on the Supreme Court’s orders.

The Maharashtra police said there was enough evidence to prove that these activists were working to destabilize the government.

The arrests are based on evidence gathered after the June arrests.

The activists, police sources have claimed, were monitored closely for almost one week and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was briefed about “fresh evidence” before the raids.

Police said the accused had been in touch with around 35 major universities and colleges ‘to recruit young students to take their movement ahead’.

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