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Maoist threat to PM: Cong says probe it, don't politicise it

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today demanded an investigation into reports that the Maoists planned to assassinate the and made it clear that the issue should not be politicised.

"Any threat received by anyone against the prime minister, howsoever suspicious the threat is, howsoever vague, even if it is a rumour, it should be taken seriously. Action should be taken, investigations should be done," party told reporters here.

Lashing out at elements "attempting to politicise the issue", he said "do not use a threat to the PM of for petty politics".

"We have lost two prime ministers. We have lost an entire leadership in the violence. We know what it means to fight terrorism, to fight naxalism. But do not play We lost leadership in when the BJP was in power. Did we play in Chhattisgarh, we did not," he said, while replying to a question.

The police in Pune on Thursday told a court that they had seized a "letter" from the residence of one of the five people arrested on Wednesday for having alleged "links" with the banned CPI (Maoist).

The purported letter allegedly mentioned of a plan to "assassinate" Narendra Modi in "another incident", the police told the court.

Khera also criticised "attempts at politicising" the Bhima-Koregaon violence and said the BJP government was "exposed" in the matter when challenged their own government in and the police saying that there was no relation of Elgaar Parishad with the violence.

Athawale had also called the arrests of activists in connection with the violence as injustice.

The said that during the UPA 2, the government faced a lot of dissent but it never labelled dissenting voices as anti-nationals.

He said the government should face dissent with facts.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 19:10 IST