It was a sensational revelation by the Pune police which said they retrieved a letter during their raid on a suspect who was allegedly involved in Bhima-Koregaon violence in January this year. The traditional rally by Dalits at Bhima-Koregaon was obstructed by the activists of right-wing organisations leading to a clash. While police arrested some Dalits and others, some prominent Hindutva leaders were left scot-0free. The Pune police in their further investigation, conducted raids at different places and arrested five persons on June 7. They include a Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson. From the house of Rona Wilson in Delhi, the police claimed to have found a letter which spoke of a plot to kill the Prime Minister Modi. The special public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar quoted the letter as saying, “we are thinking along the line of another Rajiv Gandhi incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but we feel that the party P/B C/C (polit bureau/ central committee) must deliberate our proposal”.
It is an explosive and grave revelation from the letter and therefore the matter should be referred to the National Investigation Agency to probe into the assassination plot. All state resources should be mobilised to protect the physical person of the PM. The police said all the arrested are urban naxals, a new term to say that they are not sympathiser but naxals themselves. Union Minister Arul Jaitley said it was a dangerous trend that the naxals are expanding their activities and thinking in terms of attacking political leaders. While the expression of his grave concern is justified, his further conclusion that, “unfortunately some political parties see the Maoists as their instruments in the anti- NDA cause” is a sweeping charge against the opposition. While police is still to begin its probe into the context of the letter, the minister jumped to conclusion to tarnish his rival parties. Allegations may come from some quarters, but when it comes to the security of the Prime Minister all parties will rise above political affiliations and demand for iron-clad protection for him. Jaitley’s motivation to tarnish the image of the opposition should be condemned. Irrespective of political parties comments, it is the duty of the ruling party and the government to find the truth about the letter.
The defence lawyer blasted the police that the letter was fabricated by the authorities. The veracity of the content and authorship was still to be proven. This charge may be denied only when a thorough probe is conducted. Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao whose name appeared in the letter, vehemently denied his link in any way with the naxals and dismissed the genuineness of the letter. Some political parties also alleged that whenever Modi’s popularity was on the decline, such ploys are used by the government to gain the sympathy of people. The Congress leadership expressed its serious concern and said the Congress had gone under the ordeal as it lost its two Prime Ministers and senior leaders Beant Singh and V C Shukla to terror activities. The party demanded a thorough probe into the disturbing revelation. The intelligence agencies should find the truth and tell the people about it. PM’s contract with people during poll campaign should be restricted to the minimum. It was a daring attitude of Rajiv Gandhi and lack of security that resulted in the tragedy. Repeat of the situation should be avoided.