Maoist threat to PM Modi: Security reviewed

Wednesday 13th June 2018 06:33 EDT

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting to review Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security, after the Maoists threatened his life. The Home Minister’s Office tweeted that Singh held talks with senior officials after the Ministry of Home Affairs received inputs from Maharashtra Police regarding letters seized from individuals arrested for having links with Maoist organisations. The letters cited references to an attack on Modi.

The high-level meeting was attended by the National Security Advisor, the Home Secretary and Intelligence Bureau director. “The Home Minister has directed that all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitable strengthen the security arrangements for the Prime Minister,” the tweet said. Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the state police had said that Maoists were planning to assassinate Modi, the way former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed. The threat was based on a letter allegedly seized from a person arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence last week.

Fadnavis said Pune police had arrested five suspects and seized “internal communication” from them. In one of the letters, a Maoist commander called on his cadre to assassinate Modi. A thorough investigation into the alleged plot is already underway. The letter in which the alleged assassination plot was mentioned, was seized from the Delhi house of Rona Wilson. The letter was written to one comrade Prakash, and talked about a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident”. It read, “Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda and a major concern for the party. Several leaders from secret cells as well as open organisations have raised this issue very strongly. Modi-led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing its way into the lives of indigenous adivasis.”

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