Mumbai, Aug 31: The Maharashtra Police on Friday defended the nation-wide crackdown by the teams of Pune police on August 28 and arrest of five Left-wing activists.
While addressing a press conference here, additional director general of police (law and order) Parambir Singh claimed that the police have concrete evidence to prove that arrested activists including Telugu writer-poet Varavara Rao and Sudha Bharadwaj, had links with the outlawed Naxal groups.
He said, "Investigation revealed that a big controversy was being plotted by Maoist organisations. The accused were helping them to take their goals forward. A terrorist organisation was also involved.”
There is conclusive proof to link the arrested activists to Maoists, Singh said while addressing media. He added that a letter exchanged by an arrested activist spoke of planning a "Rajiv Gandhi-like incident to end Modi-raj". An e-mail letter between Rona Wilson and a CPI-Maoist leader speaks of ending "Modi-raj" with a 'Rajiv Gandhi-type incident', Singh told the media. The letter also mentioned that Rs.8 crore were needed for procuring grenade launchers, he said.
Maharashtra Minister of State for Home, Deepak Kesarkar on Friday defended Maharashtra Police's action. "How can someone support Naxalism? Are they arrested for the first time? We had fresh proof...So we arrested them. Unless we had proofs of the links, we wouldn't have arrested. If we haven't had any proofs against them, the Court wouldn't have given us their custody".