Mumbai: The Congress on Firday raised doubts over the Pune police’s findings of an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Mod saying it is Modi’s old tactics to plant stories like this.
“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,” Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said on Friday.
Sanjay Nirupam was responsing to the claims made by Pune police that the Dalit activists who were recently been arrested were planning to kill Prime Minister Modi in "Rajive Gandhi style assassination plot". Rajive Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by LTTE terrorists while he was campaigning in Tamil Nadu.
The Pune police, which on Wednesday arrested five persons, including a Dalit rights activist, a professor and a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow, for alleged Maoist links, have seized an email that suggests plans to assassinate Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi type incident” by “targeting his roadshows”.
Reports of plots to kill Narendra Modi became routine after the 2001 Gujarat riot. Back in 2004, Gujarat police had killed four, including Ishrat Jahan, a young Muslim college girl, alleging that they were on a mission to assassinate Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat. Later probe established that the police killing was actually a fake enounter.
Meanwhile, Lawyers presenting the accused also said that the documents cited by the prosecution were fabricated and an attempt to frame them.
The police said they were in touch with top Naxalites and “direct or indirect links” with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
“Our probe has disclosed that Gadling and Wilson had definite links with top Naxal leaders. The thread also leads to Dhawale…Raut, who was arrested earlier on suspicion of Naxal links is known to Ms. Sen,” said Joint Commissioner of Pune City Police, Ravindra Kadam.
Last April, the Pune Police had raided homes and offices of these activists in different parts of the country and even questioned them for their involvement in various Maoist-linked activities.
Violence erupted in Bhima-Koregaon after Hindu activists protested a march by Dalits to mark the 1818 battle of Bhima Koregaon where British forces, mostly consisting of Mahar soldiers (who were Dalits), defeated the forces of Peshwa, ending the Maratha rule.
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