Hyderabad: Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao was nabbed by the Maharastra Police from Hyderabad on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Police teams from Pune raided his residence and the houses of his daughter and other family members in the city on Tuesday after which Rao was arrested.
The Pune police, however, said that Rao has been arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon case.
Earlier in June 2018, it was reported that the left-wing extremist Rao was plotting to kill the Prime Minister during one of his roadshows.
Pune police had seized a letter mentioning the plan to assassinate Modi from the house of one of the five persons arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon case. Varavara Rao’s name has popped up in one of the three letters that were seized by the cops.
Rao will be produced before a local court at Nampally after a medical check-up at Gandhi hospital in Secunderabad. After this Rao is likely to be shifted to Pune.
An anonymous letter by a person identified only as ‘R’ reportedly mentioned a plot to kill the Prime Minister on the lines of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The letter also listed the requirement of Rs 8 crore to purchase M-4 rifle and four lakh rounds to execute the plot. The letter reportedly mentions Rao’s name.
However, Rao has strongly denied the allegations. He had said that all five arrested in the case were working for the betterment of the oppressed.