In a major breakthrough, a letter allegedly found in the house of a person arrested for connection with the banned CPI (Maoist) has revealed a shocking plan to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in "another Rajiv Gandhi type" incident.
Pune Police intercepts the internal communication of Maoists planning a 'Rajiv Gandhi type' assassination of Prime Minister Modi, the news agency ANI reported.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling, activists Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson were arrested in connection with 'Elgar Parishad' and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence, that took place in Pune.
All five were produced before the sessions court on Thursday which remanded them in police custody till June 14.
Going by the letter found in Rona Wilson's house in Delhi, "Modi-led Hindu fascist regime" is "bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous Adivasis."
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
"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 fronts. Greater suppression of dissent and more brutal form of Mission 2016 (OGH)," the letter read.
"Com. Kisan and a few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance that we might fail, but we feel that the party PB/CC must deliberate over our proposal," it added.
"Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy," the letter says. "We collectively believe that [the] survival of the party is supreme to all sacrifices. Rest in the next letter," the letter goes on to describe further.
"The higher Committee has appreciated the endearing efforts of all urban comrades for the specific tasks given to them. There is a lot of ground to be covered. Comrade Mangalu and Deepu have been coordinating the Koregaon programme (for) last two months with Comrade Sudhir," another letter allegedly found from Wilson's house stated.
Reacting to the incident, Congress's Sanjay Nirupam said, "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."
Meanwhile, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has chosen to remain tight-lipped on the chilling details found in those letters. According to Yechury, the court will reveal the truths behind the incident.
#WATCH CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury reacts on Pune Police intercepts internal communication of Maoists planning a 'Rajiv Gandhi type' assassination of Prime Minister Modi. pic.twitter.com/jE5TV1j5KX— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2018
There are also reports that the CPI (Maoist) had provided funds to "comrade Sudhir" for Koregaon Bhima "task" while "Comrade Shoma and Surendra" were authorised to provide funds for future programmes.
In 1991, Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India was killed in a suicide attack in Tamil Nadu. Gandhi was scheduled to address an election rally in Tamil Nadu's Sriperambudur on the same day.