Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has broken his silence on the sinister Maoist plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi that was ascertained from a letter that was allegedly recovered from the laptop of Rona Wilson, who was arrested in connection with the probe into the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence.
Speaking in Jammu where he is on a two-day visit to J&K, Rajnath Singh answered a question related to the plot. He said:
"We are always appropriately serious about the Prime Minister's security. And as for Maoists, I'd like to say that they're fighting a losing battle. Maoist extremism has decreased significantly."
"Earlier there were 135 zillas in the country where there was a big influence of Maoists. Now, however, if you see, there are 90 such zillas left. I'm talking about 4-years-work. And among the zillas where there is a big influence, only 10 remain. I've said it before, I'll say it again, that Maoist extremists are fighting a losing battle and it will be ended, just as extremism in North-East was ended. In 4 years, anyone can go and see, there has been a 85% drop in extremism in the North-East. There used to be killings everyday. I have just been informed. I will go back and see but our security agencies are on top of it."
The letter in which the plot to assassinate the Prime Minister was detailed was recovered by the Pune Police as part of their investigation into the caste-clashes that had broken out in Pune and Mumbai at the start of the year.
The letter proposed "concrete steps to end Modi-raj" and proposed a "Rajiv Gandhi type incident" and "targeting his road shows". Read it here.