Maoists are planning to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi the way Rajiv Gandhi was killed?
Police has intercepted an internal communication of Maoists in which it has been revealed that they were planning a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type’ assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The letter, which talks about the assassination plot, was recovered from the house of Rona Wilson who was among five people arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with ‘Elgar Parishad’ held in Maharashtra in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district, the police said.
We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident,” the letter says.
The letter 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 successful 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.
“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.”
Rajiv Gandhi, former prime minister, was killed by a 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,” the letter adds.
“Targeting his road shows could be an effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is the supreme to all the sacrifices,” it adds.
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam, however, suggested on Friday said the letter may have been “planted”.
He told ANI, “I am not saying this is completely untrue, but it has been Prime Minister Modi’s old tactic, since he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. Whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted. So, it should be probed how much truth is in it this time.”
Rona Wilson is among five people arrested on Wednesday for links with the banned CPI-Maoist. The others are Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling and activists Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen. Described by the police as the “top brass of the urban Maoists”, they were arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence in January. Their lawyers said the documents cited by the prosecution were fabricated and an attempt to frame them.