The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has alleged that a letter seized by the police from those arrested in the recent multi-city crackdown by the Maharashtra police contained a contact number which allegedly belongs to Senior Congress leader and former MP CM Digvijaya Singh. 'You can contact our friend if needed’, were the words written alongside the number. Another letter seized in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence also cites the willingness of Congress leaders to assist them in organising protests.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan took to Twitter and sought action against Digvijaya Singh in relation to Bhima-Koregaon violence. CM Chouhan wrote,'The alleged link of Congress leader is a matter of concern. Previously, he had made irresponsible statements regarding the matter. The Congress Party should conduct a probe into the matter and should sack him from the party'.
In another tweet, he mounted a scathing attack on the Congress Party and wrote:
'The real face of these Congress leaders are out in Public. It is shameful to have a link with those who want to divide our country. Betraying the country to get a family to power. India will not tolerate this'.
Republic TV has accessed the alleged letter, the authenticity of which has not been verified:
Responding to the controversial letter when asked about it during a news briefing, Digvijaya Singh said:
"I knew you will ask this question. I am prepared to answer. Everyone has my number and Bhima-Koregaon was not a Naxalite movement. Why don't you arrest me if I have links with Maoists?".
In an apparent reference to Shivraj Singh Chouhan's "anti-national" comment, he said:
"Earlier you said I am anti-National, now you are saying I have links with Maoists. Arrest me then".
Earlier on Monday, police sources said that those arrested in the multi-city crackdown were in touch with seniors comrades and opposition leaders and often exchanged phone calls with them. The information surfaced when their call details were retrieved. It was also revealed that leaders used proxy mobile numbers for confidentiality as certain calls were made for a longer duration. According to sources, several meetings between top comrades of the Maoist leadership and opposition leaders were also held in Mumbai and Delhi subsequently in December 2017 and January 2018 for financial help against the Government in power.
Earlier in August, the Pune police, aided by different task-forces, raided the houses of several persons, allegedly in connection with a meeting organised days before the caste-related violence that had erupted at Bhima Koregaon near Pune and spread to Mumbai, at the start of the year, and also, in connection with two letters, from 2016 and 2017, that detail a plot to assassinate PM Modi, as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP party president Amit Shah.