Seized letters show Telugu poet Varavara Rao's role in arms procurement: Police

Rao and four others were arrested by Pune Police on August 28 following raids at houses of several Left-wing activists across the country.

Published: 31st August 2018 10:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2018 01:17 AM   |  A+A-

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Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao placed under house arrest in Hyderabad on August 30, 2018. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: Maoists were planning to purchase grenade launchers and bring them to India via Nepal or Manipur. One of the letters exchanged between the comrades clearly mentions this, Maharashtra Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Parambir Singh said on Friday.

"Rona Wilson spoke about procurement of weapons in letter to Comrade Prakash. He wanted a grenade launcher and four lakh rounds," Singh said, while reading out some of the contents of the letter.

"The mail letter also spoke of ending Modi raj with a Rajiv Gandhi-type incident and also sought money for procuring grenade launchers," he added.

This letter was written on April 18, 2017, Singh said.

Among the decrypted data recovered from electronic devices seized from the arrested Maoists activists, the police have recovered catalogues of Russian and Chinese-made grenade launchers. One of these was with Rona's letter. Singh showed a copy of the catalogue to the media that had information on the Russian-made GM 94 grenade launcher.

While stressing that the police would be pleading particularly for Varavara Rao's custody, Singh read out parts from letters that said "VV (a short form for Rao's name used by the comrades) has the authority to communicate with the counterparts in Nepal and Manipur" who were to facilitate delivery of the weapons.

Most of the documents recovered from the electronic devices are from the year 2017, while some of them are from 2018. These are in the form of reports, letters, memos, minutes of meetings and all sorts of communication with members of the central committee of the banned Maoist organization and amongst themselves, which the police have recovered as evidence, Singh said.

Singh read out letters exchanged between Vara Vara Rao and Surendra Gadling. One of them was urging the "pressing need to do Sukma-like heavy ambush", while the other was regarding the 80 vehicles burnt at Surjagarh in Gadchiroli on instructions from Rao. Another letter exchanged between them has Rao writing to Gadling about money not reaching the foot soldiers in Gadchiroli and Gadling and blaming it on demonetization.

While letter written by Sudha Bharadwaj to Comrade Prakash exposed the links between Gautam Navlakha and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, another letter between the Maoists' central committee members Surendra and Navlakha indicates that Navlakha was in direct contact with the Central Committee of the banned Maoist organization and was receiving instructions from them. The letter was written in July this year and it discussed ways to manipulate various 'fact-finding committees' to the benefit of the final goal of creating chaos, Singh said.

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