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Fadnavis also gets threat letters from ‘Maoists’

Sangli: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addresses at a campaign rally for Zilla Panchayat election in Sangli on Thursday.PTI Photo (PTI2_16_2017_000202B)

Mumbai :Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his office had received two letters allegedly from Maoists threatening him and his family.
He also said the Naxals were spreading in urban areas and were trying to mislead the people.
Fadnavis told reporters that the two letters, allegedly from Maoist organisations, threatened him and his family and were handed over to the police.
The letters came after the recent anti-Naxal operations in Gadchiroli in which 39 Maoists were killed, officials in the state Home Department said.
Both letters mentioned the Gadchiroli encounters which took place on April 22-23, and talked about an intention of exacting revenge, they said.
According to officials, the Chief Minister’s Office received the first letter on May 13 and another on May 18.
“One letter is from Communist Party of India-Maoist Central Committee and another from their Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee. Both the letters contain threats to CM and his family,” an official said.
Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said the letters also threatened top police officials looking after the anti-Naxal operations. The Special Investigation Department (SID) of the state police is probing this matter, he said.
The chief minister also said that police had recovered evidence that the Maoists were hatching a conspiracy to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pune police, who have arrested five persons for alleged Maoist links, yesterday claimed that the ultras were planning to target the prime minister.
“Earlier Naxals were confined to rural areas, now they have spread to urban areas,” Fadnavis said.
“They are on a mission and trying to mislead people,” he said.
“In one of the internal communications (recovered from houses of those arrested by Pune police) a commander has directed his cadre that Modi should be eliminated the way Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.
“Many such communications have been seized during the raids. The intelligence agencies are at work and investigators are probing more links,” said Fadnavis, who also handles the home portfolio.