New Delhi: Maoists were planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an attack similar to the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, revealed an internal communication of the ultras.
The letter purportedly written by Maoists was accessed by the Pune police, in which the rebels talked about their plan to target Modi in a road show.
According to the Pune police, the letter was recovered from the house of one of the five Maoist sympathizers who were arrested a day earlier.
The five accused—Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activists Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson were arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi respectively in connection with ‘Elgar Parishad’ held here in December and the Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district.
The five accused were produced before the sessions court and subsequently remanded to police custody till June 14. On the other hand, the counsels 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 talks about 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,” the letter reads.
The letter further 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.”
“Inspite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has established a BJP government in more than 15 states,” it adds.
However, everyone is not convinced that 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.