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Plot to kill PM Modi: What all we know till now

India Today logo India Today 13-06-2018 Prabhash K Dutta
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Maharashtra Police made an explosive revelation last week after recovering a letter from an alleged naxal operative in Pune. The police claimed to have unearthed a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi "Rajiv Gandhi style". The conspiracy is claimed to have been hatched by maoists.

The story began on December 31 when an Elgar Parishad - a conglomeration of Dalit leaders and outfits - was held at Bhima Koregaon in Pune to commemorate the victory of Dalit soldiers fighting for the British over Peshwa's army on January 1, 1818.

Violence erupted on January 1 this year during what turned into a protest rally against the government. One person was killed and many others injured.

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Police lodged two FIRs in connection with violence and provocative speeches delivered at the Bhima Koregaon rally. First of the FIRs named an outfit called Kabir Kala Manch while the other had Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid as accused.

The police began probe against members of Elgar Parishad and claimed that the group had connection with Maoist outfits. Raids were carried out at various places including in Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. Emails of the suspected members of Elgar Parishad were also investigated.

One of the emails seen by the Maharashtra Police allegedly contained information on the plot to kill PM Modi.

The email was written by one who identified himself as "R" and addressed to certain "Comrade Prakash". It talks about "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" and suggests that Modi should be targeted during one of his "road shows".

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) is watched by security personnel as he gestures while addressing a public rally © Getty India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) is watched by security personnel as he gestures while addressing a public rally

The alleged conspiracy email also mentions about the requirement of Rs 8 crore for procurement of M-4 assault rifle along with four lakh rounds of ammunition for the purpose.

The email 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 organizations 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 successfully 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."

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"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."

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed by an LTTE woman suicide bomber during a public event in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991.

"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," email reads, adding, "Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is the supreme to all the sacrifices."

The Maharashtra police have arrested five people in this connection till now and claimed to have busted an "urban network" of maoists.

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ये भी पढ़ें- भारतीय फौज का बेरहम हमलावर

THEY ARE:

  • Sudhir Dhawale: He is a Dalit activist in Maharashtra. He also runs a Marathi magazine, Vidrohi that raises issues related to Dalits. He was one of the organisers of Bhima Koregaon event. Police allege that he is an important link in the urban network of maoists.
  • Shoma Sen: She is an English professor. Her husband, Tushar Bhattacharya was arrested last year by the Gujarat police on suspicion of being a "maoist supporter". Shoma Sen was arrested from Nagpur on the charges of having links with proscribed maoist outfits.
  • Surendra Gadling: He is a lawyer with a history of fighting for the underprivileged people. He is the general secretary of the Indian Association of People's Lawyers. Police arrested him alleging that he was a crucial link between maoists and their urban network.
  • Mahesh Raut: He is a social activist. It is not the first time that he has been accused of having links with maoists. Mahesh Raut had been charged with working for maoists in Chhattisgarh, where he was mobilising the locals against mining projects. He was arrested from Garhchiroli in Maharashtra.
  • Rona Wilson: He was arrested from New Delhi by Maharashtra police. He is considered one of the closest aides of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who was arrested for suspected maoist links. Rona Wilson is also general secretary of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners.

Police claimed that the email revealing the plot to kill PM Modi in Rajiv Gandhi style was recovered from the materials seized during raid on Rona Wilsons places.

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