Naxalites conspired to overthrow Indian Government: Maharashtra Police

The Supreme Court, while hearing a plea, directed Maharashtra government to put the five accused arrested under house arrest

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Amidst a huge uproar over the arrests of five activists, Maharashtra Police, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Param Bir Singh, on Friday claimed that thousands of suspicious documents and emails suggest that the five arrested have a connection with the Naxalites.

Speaking at a press conference, Singh informed that as per the documents seized in the raids carried out across the country by Pune Police, it has come out that the Naxalites were allegedly planning to overthrow the government by disrupting law and order. 

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Earlier on August 28, Pune Police arrested Human Rights Activists and lawyers including Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, and Sudha Bharadwaj in connection with Bhima-Koregaon Violence and on suspicion of connections with the Maoists. However, the Supreme Court directed Maharashtra government to put them under house arrest instead of jail or custody.

Amidst the criticism from civil and human rights organisation, the police had organised a press conference to clarify their stand on the issue.

The seized items including documents, computers, laptops along with their passwords were seized by the Police and are now under the label of “evidence”.  According to these evidences, the police informed that Naxalites had a conspiracy to buy large ammunition, disrupt the law and order, and uproot the central government. 

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During the press conference, Singh displayed a letter written to Comrade Sudarshan by the arrested accused Gautam Navlakha and a letter, written by accused Rona Wilson - arrested earlier on July 6, to Comrade Prakash, mentioning ₹8 crore for the requirement of grenades to end “Modi Raj”. The police clarified that in the letter, it was also mentioned to carry out a Dalit movement against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Brahmin regime.

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