New Delhi, June 11: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a high-level meeting to review the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi . The meeting comes in wake of reports of Maoists planning the assassination of PM Modi in Rajiv Gandhi-type incident.
The Home Ministry, in a series of tweets, said that it has directed the national security advisor (NSA), home secretary (HS) and the director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) to beef up the prime minister’s security.
“MHA is in receipt of a report from Maharashtra police regarding certain communications amongst individuals having links to Maoist organisations containing references to targeting the Prime Minister,” the Home Ministry said in a tweet.
Last week, the Pune Police told a court that they were in possession of a letter, seized from the residence of one of the five people who have been arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, which talks about the assassination of Prime Minister Modi in Rajiv Gandhi-type incident.
“Modi-led Hindu fascism is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous Adivasis. 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…. Comrade Kisan and few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi-raj,” the letter read.
“We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi type incident,” it added.
In the letter, it was also written that for Maoists, “defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party”. The assassination plot’s revelation has generated reactions across the political spectrum.
According to the police, the threats against the prime minister were found in a laptop belonging to Rona Wilson, a rights activist arrested recently over January’s caste-related violence in Maharashtra’s Bhima-Koregaon.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and family members also received a death threat from Maoists last week in connection with Gadchiroli encounters, wherein 40 Maoists were killed by security forces in April.
Congress, on the other hand, played down the report of plot of the prime minister’s assassination, alleging that such stories are planted each time Modi’s popularity took a hit. “I am not saying this is completely untrue but it has been PM Modi’s old tactic since he was chief minister. Whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted. So it should be probed how much truth is in it this time,” said Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam.