Maoist ideologue and poet Varavara Rao arrested in connection with alleged plan to assassinate PM Modi

Maoist ideologue and poet Varavara Rao was arrested by the Pune police from his Hyderabad flat on Tuesday in connection with a case of alleged conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Special teams from Pune police along with Telengana police also raided the flat of senior journalist K.V. Kurmanath and T. Kranthi, a photographer, both based in Hyderabad. Kurmanath is Rao’s son-in-law.

Electronic gadgets and documents from their homes were reportedly seized by the police teams.

Rao was taken to Gandhi Hospital for medical check-up before being produced before a court in Hyderabad. Sources said he was likely to be taken to Pune because the arrests were made by the Pune police.

In June, Pune police had allegedly recovered a letter mentioning a plan to assassinate the Prime Minister from the house of one of the five persons arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence. The letter supposedly mentions an “R” who discusses a plan to kill the PM in the lines of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It also mentions the need for Rs 8 crore to execute the plan for which purchase of M-4 rifle was required.

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