A day after a letter was allegedly found in the house of a person, arrested in connection with the Bhima Khoregaon incident, that said that Naxalites were mulling “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be targeted during his “road shows”, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said some political parties were using Maoist as an instrument against the ruling NDA.
“Unfortunately some political parties see the Maoist as their instrument in the anti-NDA cause. The history of terrorism and extremism teaches us one basic fact. Never ride a tiger, you may be its first victim,” Mr Jaitley said.
Pointing out in this regard that the past few days have witnessed evidence of increased Maoist activities in
areas other than usual extremism affected areas, Mr Jaitley said,’this is a dangerous tendency which all political parties must realise and react to. The Maoist believe in the violent overthrow of constitutional system and not just the government.
In their perceived system there are no fundamental rights, no rule of law, no Parliament and no free speech. But, to expand their political base their sympathisers make full use of the democratic idioms.’
Mr Jaitley said during the rule of the UPA II at the Centre, he had analysed that there were four kinds of Maoist in India.
‘Firstly, those who ideologically indoctrinate. The second category is the weaponised Maoist who carry out the operations. The third category is innocent tribals or others who face injustice, who have been misled to believe that Maoist will get them relief.
‘We seriously need to address this section. The fourth category’, Mr Jaitley added is “what I have always called ‘half Maoist”. Willingly or otherwise, they become over-ground face of the underground. They are a part of the democratic system. They masquerade as activist; they speak the language of democracy; they have captured the human rights movement in several parts of the country but always lend support to the Maoist cause. They are unwilling to condemn,” he said.
The comments by Mr Jaitley came a day after a letter was reportedly found in the house of a person, arrested in connection with the Bhima Khoregoan violence, that talked about the ultras mulling “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be targeted during his “road shows”.
The Pune police claimed that a letter was recovered from the house of Rona Wilson who was among five people arrested from Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi in connection with Elgar Parishad held in December and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence in the district.
The letter, addressed to one Comrade Prakash by sender who identifies himself as R, talks about the requirement of Rs 8 crore to procure M-4 rifle and along with four lakh rounds of ammunition for the purpose.