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Arrested activists wanted to overturn Modi government: Maharashtra Police

Mumbai | The Maharashtra Police today reveal the connection between the Maoist group and arrested activists on Tuesday planning to overthrow the Narendra Modi governemnt.

Addressing a Press Conference,  PB Singh, ADG Law and Order said, the arrested activists played an active and crucial role in a conspiracy by Maoist organizations to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government using weapons procured from Russia and China. Displaying letters allegedly exchanged by some of the arrested activists PB Singh said that the evidence collected so far clearly establishes links of arrested activists with Maoist organisations.

Reading out the contents of a letter written by one of the accused to Varvara Rao, PB Singh read, “Due to enemy’s decision to impose demonetisation, we haven’t been able to help comrades in Gadchiroli and Chhattisgarh… please don’t misunderstand me. Bhima Koregaon agitation has been successful. The unfortunate death of a youth must be exploited. The riots were effective and we should mobilise the Dalit population against the rising brahmin-centered agenda of the BJP.”

The police further added there were thousands of such letters and it was not possible to read out all of them. “Those who were arrested used to have secret meetings all over the world. All the original evidence is secure with Forensic lab This letter was dated 17 March, 2017.

According to the Pune police, “5 to 10 lakh was allocated to organise Dalit meets and ‘polarising lectures’. The police further added that the funds used to mobilise huge crowds for Elgar Parishad and other meetings. Over 4,000 to 4,500 people participated in Elgar Parishad.

“All those persons arrested were associated with Kabir Kala Manch. A protected communication between Rona Wilson and Surendra Gadling, whose names were added later, was recovered by police officers. Pune police were able to crack the protected password, which showed a conspiracy by the Maoists to overthrow the established government. A letter exchanged between the arrested activists spoke of planning another Rajiv Gandhi-like incident,” added PB Singh.

Pune police on Tuesday during raids at various parts of the country arrested Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and P Varavara Rao in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in January. The police had alleged the arrested activists have links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had ordered that all these five activists should be kept under house arrest till 6 September.

 

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