New Delhi: The arrest of five activists over suspected Maoist links came after two letters, which were exchanged by Maoist leaders and hinted at the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, were found. After the letters surfaced, police swung into action and made several checks on prominent left-wing activists in several states, said media reports on Wednesday. Also Read - Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should be Cremated Irrespective of Religion: BMC
The two letters, one from 2016 and the other from 2017, hinted at the assassinations of PM Modi, Shah and Singh. While the 2016 letter said the Maoists were deliberating to kill the top three leaders, the 2017 one hinted at carrying out a Rajiv Gandhi-kind of assassination during any of PM Modi’s roadshows. According to reports, the 2017 letter was addressed to one ‘Comrade Prakash’ and was found from the residence of Rona Wison, a Delhi-based activist. A security official said this development came to light on June 6 this year. Also Read - COVID-19: 4 Saudi Arabia Returnees Tested Positive in Maharashtra, Transmitted Virus to 21 Family Members
Thereafter, the police arrested four other activists from different parts of the country. Strikingly, the letters also mentioned the anti-Naxal operations in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district which had led to the killing of at least 39 people. It also referred to suggesting strong steps to end the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule and raising crores of rupees to buy arms and ammunitions including American M-4 rifles. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200
The Pune Police on Tuesday carried out raids in several states as part of a probe into the violence at Maharashtra’s Koregaon-Bhima village and arrested several prominent civil rights activists for their suspected Maoist links. It arrested left-wing activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonzalves in raids in Mumbai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Faridabad, Delhi and Thane. Following the arrests, the CPI(M) Politburo protested against the raids and alleged that the Maharashtra Police and central agencies were targeting Dalit rights activists and lawyers who have been taking up their cases, following the Bhima-Koregaon violence.