Bhima-Koregaon case: Letter exchanged between arrested activists spoke of ‘another Rajiv Gandhi-like incident’

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Amid the huge hue and cry over the arrest of five Left-wing activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence near Pune, the Maharashtra Police today said that there are justifiable evidence and that a letter exchanged between the arrested activists spoke of planning another Rajiv Gandhi-like incident. Addressing the media, Param Bir Singh, ADG, Maharashtra Police, claimed that the action taken against all the five was based on well-established evidence. He said that police decided to move forward only after it was established that they were maintaining links with Maoists organisation. Evidence collected so far clearly establishes links of arrested activists with Maoist organisations, Singh added that the case was registered on January 8 with regard to the December 31 violence in Bhima-Koregaon near Pune. He said that hate speeches were delivered at the Elgaar Parishad event. Investigation was conducted. Almost all the accused were associated with Kabir Kala Manch, According to him, the probe revealed a big conspiracy being hatched by the Maoists organisations. A terrorist organisation was also involved. On May 17, sections under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were imposed. The press briefing by the police comes two days after the Supreme Court restrained the police from taking all the five Left-wing activists The court had on Wednesday ordered that they should be kept under house arrest till the next date of hearing on September 6. Earlier this week, police had conducted raids in five different states and arrested five Left-wing activists in connection with the violence that had left one dead and over 30 injured. According to police, the five were also a part of a conspiracy to eliminate PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Rajnath Singh.