New Delhi: Two letters, purportedly exchanged by Maoist leaders, indicated plans to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leading to police action against prominent Left-wing activists in several states and arrest of five of them for suspected links with the red ultras, security officials said.
While the 2016 letter suggested that there were deliberations among the ‘Urban Naxals’ to kill Modi, Shah, and Singh, the 2017 letter referred to a plan to carry out a Rajiv Gandhi assassination-type attack on the Prime Minister during one of his roadshows, they claimed. The copy of two letters is with Sirf News which have been submitted to the court.
The first letter was addressed to one “Comrade Prakash” and was found from the residence of a Delhi-based activist, Rona Wilson, on 6 June, according to a security official privy to the development.
The letter alludes to the Indian Army deployed in Jammu and Kashmir as an “enemy”. If authenticated by the court, this piece of evidence would establish that the alleged Maoists have been involved in seditious activities, removing their façade of being respectable intellectuals.
The “IAPL” the letter mentions stands for the Indian Association for People’s Lawyers that defends those accused of anti-national activities in different courts of law across the country.
Along with Wilson, four others were arrested during the raids in June by police in different parts of the country in connection with the matter.
The letters were reportedly recovered after the anti-Naxal operations in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, in which 39 Maoists were killed, in April.
The 2017 letter also referred about “senior comrades” suggesting “concrete steps” to end the NDA dispensation and about raising several crore of rupees to buy American M-4 rifles and some ammunition, the official said.
Reacting to the letter, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the government is serious about the security of the Prime Minister. “We are always serious about the prime minister’s security. The Maoists are fighting a losing battle. They are now active only in 10 districts in the country”.
Tuesday’s police action was carried out simultaneously by Maharashtra Police, led by Joint Commissioner of Pune, Ravindra Kadam, in Ranchi, Goa, Delhi, and Hyderabad. Five persons were arrested.
Searches were carried out at the residences of Arun Ferreira, Susan Abrahams and Vernon Gonsalvez in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Anand Teltumbde in Goa, Vara Vara Rao’s daughter Anala and Journalist Kurmanath in Hyderabad.
During the searches, Police have also confiscated several items like computers, laptop, CDs, papers, and books.