New Delhi: Maharashtra’s Additional Director-General of Police Parambir Singh on Friday claimed that the Pune police has evidence to prove the arrested rights activists (in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence) were planning to overthrow the Narendra Modi government. The police have reportedly recovered letters, emails that establish their links with the Maoists and a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” to end the Modi Raj. Also Read - PM Modi Concludes 3-City Vaccine Tour: Highlights From His Visit to Key COVID Facilities
Citing that conclusive evidence was collected which establishes their links with Maoists before making the arrests, he said that the letter also mentions the need for Rs 8 crore to procure a rocket launcher and 400,000 rounds and other things. Parambir Singh also said that some of the rights activists were involved in organising funding and weapons for the Maoists. Also Read - PM Modi Reaches Pune's Serum Institute to Review Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Development
In some of the letters, the activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bhardwaj and Gautam Navlakha — and Maoists leaders are addressed only by their first names. “We have collected material evidence, including letters which show they incited the Koregaon Bhima riots and were also conspiring to overthrow the government. There is also mention of a Rajiv Gandhi-style assassination attempt,” Singh said. Also Read - Govt Actively Working to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers: PM Modi After Visiting Zydus Cadila
“A letter written from Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson to Maoist leader Prakash on July 30, 2017, spoke of requirement of Rs 8 crore for grenade launchers with four lakh rounds,” he said, adding, “There was a bigger conspiracy plotted by the Maoist organisations to overthrow the ‘lawfully established Indian government’ using arms procured from countries like China and Russia and the arrested accused played a crucial role in this plan.”
The police also mentioned a conversation between Varavara Rao and Surendra Gadling on how demonetisation had hit the funding to carry out the conspiracies. “We have already provided lakhs worth of funding during notes ban to you. There is anger in the atmosphere,” the police read the letter from Rao to Gadling.
Wilson is one of the activists who was arrested by the Pune police in June in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence. Earlier this week, the police had arrested Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, activists Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves on the basis of the evidence collected from the investigation in June.