Modi’s Security To Be Tightened: MHA

NEW DELHI — Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today held meeting with senior officials to review the security for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the wake of police reports on threat to his life.

A plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” during one of his roadshows came to fore after a letter was seized from the home of a suspected Maoist, the police had said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high-level meeting in which National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Director Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain were present to review the Prime Minister’s security in the wake of inputs about threat to PM Modi’s life.

Announcing the meeting in a series of tweets, the home ministry said: “The Home Minister has directed that all necessary measures be taken in consultation with other agencies to suitably strengthen the security arrangements for the Prime Minister.”

The police said threats against the Prime Minister were found in a laptop belonging to Rona Wilson, one of the five people arrested recently over January’s caste-related violence in Maharashtra’s Bhima-Koregaon.

The letter, addressed to one “Comrade Prakash” was signed by the initial “R” – which the police take to mean Rona Wilson.

The letter talked about “senior comrades” proposing “concrete steps to end the Modi-era.” A part of it read out in court by public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar said, “We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident. It sounds suicidal and there is a chance that we might fail but party must deliberate on our proposal.”

The others arrested along with her includes Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling and activists Mahesh Raut and Shoma Sen. The police have described them as the “top brass of urban Maoists”.

Sections of opposition, however, have called the threat letter a ploy.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar got slammed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for saying the BJP was “playing the threat letter card” after realising they are losing popular support “to gain sympathy”.

Congress’s Sanjay Nirupam said he believes that the reports of PM Modi’s assassination could be “planted”. He told news agency ANI, “I am not saying this is completely untrue, but it has been Prime Minister Modi’s old tactic since he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. Whenever his popularity declines, news of an assassination plot is planted. So, it should be probed how much truth is in it this time.”


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