Mumbai: The state’s security apparatus has been thrown into a tizzy, with Pune police revealing a plot by Maoist groups to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Mantralaya receiving two death threat emails. The state home department sounded an alert after the CMO also received two emails threatening Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his family for the recent anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli district in April earlier this year. Following this development, the chief minister’s securty cover has been beefed up.
Speaking to mediapersons, Fadnavis said, “The police have seized many documents, internal communications and hard disks of Maoists. One of the internal communications between a Naxal commander and his operatives talks of planning a Rajiv Gandhi type incident on PM Modi.” Terming it as a serious issue, Fadnavis said the Naxals are “trying to create a different atmosphere in the country”.
He said, “Police have seized these documents and are examining them. They have also unearthed the money trail.” He further added that a large group of urban Naxal sympathisers has been deliberately spreading falsehood amongst people. When asked about the two threat letters he received, Fadnavis said, “I have handed over the copies of the two emails to police,” refusing to divulge details.
Meanwhile, sources in the state home department have said that following the April 23 anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli district, in which 16 Naxals were killed by the state’s elite anti-Naxal force, C-60, the CMO recently received the two emails threatening Fadnavis and his family. Highly-placed sources said the email spoke of being “inspired by the ideology of Marx. You cannot wipe out our ideology by killing some of our people. Scores will be settled for what happened in Gadchiroli.”