Maoists are planning to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an attack similar to the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, intercepts of internal communication of the rebels have revealed.
The plot to assassinate PM Modi was revealed when the Pune Police raided the house of one of the accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case. A letter detailing the assassination attempt and urging 'comrades' to take some concrete steps was recovered from the laptop of Rona Wilson, who was arrested on Wednesday (June 6) along with four others - Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen - for having links with banned CPI-Maoists..
The letter proposed that PM Modi should be targetted during his roadshows.
Pune Police intercepts internal communication of Maoists planning a 'Rajiv Gandhi type' assassination of Prime Minister Modi. pic.twitter.com/o2rt2al4aj— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2018
"Comrades proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj. We are thinking of Rajiv Gandhi type incident. There is good chance we might fail but party must deliberate on it.Targeting his road shows can be effective," the letter stated.
Congress casts doubts over PM Modi assassination plot
However, Congress has questioned the timing of the Pune Police' investigation into Bhima Koregaon violence. Party leader Sanjay Nirupam went on to suggest that the news about PM Modi's assassination plot may have been planted deliberately.
"I am not saying this is completely untrue but it has been PM Modi's old tactic, since he was CM, whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted. So it should be probed how much truth is in it this time," Sanjay Nirupam told news agency ANI.
The Pune Police had arrested five people, including prominent Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, for allegedly having close Maoist links from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with the January 1 violence in Bhima Koregaon.
One person was killed in the caste violence between two groups in the violence which led to the statewide Dalit agitation in Maharashtra.
The mob had damaged and torched several vehicles and shops on New Year's day and the houses of local residents were also ransacked.
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