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Rajnath Singh reviews PM Modi's security as cops claim assassination plot

Amid police reports on the threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a meeting with senior officials to review security for the PM.

NMF News Bureau | Updated: 11 Jun 2018, 19:44:41
PM Narendra Modi (File photo) PM Narendra Modi (File photo)

New Delhi: Amid police reports on the threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a meeting with senior officials to review security for the PM.

A plot to assassinate PM Modi in a "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" during one of his road shows came to light after a letter was seized from the house of a suspected Maoist, the police had said.

The Maharashtra Police had earlier sent a report on the matter to the home ministry following which the meeting was held and was attended by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and the home secretary among others, sources said.

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."

According to the police, the threats were found in a laptop belonging to Rona Wilson, one of the five persons arrested recently in connection with January's caste-related violence in Maharashtra's Bhima-Koregaon. 

The letter was addressed to one "Comrade Prakash" and was signed by the initial "R" - which the police believes means Rona Wilson.

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".  

However, sections of opposition have called the threat letter a ploy.

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam told ANI news agency: "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."


First Published: 11 Jun 2018, 19:44:41

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