PM Modi assassination plot: Pune police arrest revolutionary writer Varavara Rao from Hyderabad

The arrest comes as a part of the ongoing raids as part of an investigation into the alleged plot to assassinate PM Modi. 

Published: 28th August 2018 02:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2018 07:39 PM   |  A+A-

Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao coming out of the Gandhi Hospital after a health checkup during his arrest by the Pune police. (Photo | Vinay Madapu/ENS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Virasam founder and revolutionary writer, Varavara Rao has been arrested by Pune police in Hyderabad today.

Police teams from Pune along with local police conducted searches at the residence of revolutionary writer Varavara Rao, his daughters and others in the city on Tuesday. The searches began at 6 a.m at multiple locations in what is believed to be part of an investigation into the alleged plot to assassinate prime minister Narendra Modi. The Pune police have, however, told Rao that he is being arrested in connection with Bhima Koregaon case. 

In June 2018, it had come to light that left-wing extremists were plotting to kill prime minister Narendra Modi during one of his roadshows. This was revealed from a letter seized from one suspected Maoist, Pune police had revealed this to a court. Varavara Rao's name had cropped up in one of the three such seized letters.

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More than 20 men from Maharashtra police in plain clothes reached Varavara Rao's residence at Jawahar Nagar near RTC X-roads under Chikkadpally police limits. Only Rao and his wife Hemalatha were present at the home. Though a large number of supporters gathered outside the Siddamshetty Himasai heights apartment, where Rao stays with his wife, no one has been able to contact the couple. Family members who reached outside the building said that the couple is on medication and yet not allowed to have any food since morning.

It is learned that such raids are going on at residences of Rao's two daughters Anala and Pavana, who are married to journalist Kurmanath and a central university professor Satyanarayana respectively.

One Kranti Tekula, who lives in Nagole, and works as a photographer with a newspaper is also reportedly arrested by Pune police.

Prof Satyanarayana who stays inside the English and Foreign Languages University campus is likely to be arrested soon.

At around 12.30 pm, a police vehicle moved inside the building complex. 

Earlier, Varavara Rao had refuted all allegations as false. He was alleged to have arranged funds for the suspected Maoist who was arrested.

Supporters of Virasam Varavara Rao Protest in front of his residence in Hyderabad during his arrest by Pune police. (Photo | Vinay Madapu/ENS)

The Telangana Praja Front (TPF), meanwhile, condemned the unwarranted simultaneous searches and arrest of Varavara Rao.

"CONDEMN THE ILLEGAL SEARCHES!! The residences of VaravaraRao, Kranthi, Kurmanath, Kasim in Hyderabad, Anand Teltumbe in Goa, Goutham Navloka in Delhi, Arun Ferera, Susan, Vernon in Mumbai are raided and searched illegally by Maharashtra, Chattisgarh police today morning...," said a message from the TPF.

According to the latest reports, after a medical examination at Gandhi hospital in Secunderabad, Varavara Rao will be produced before a local court at Nampally. Rao is likely to be shifted to Pune on a transit warrant.

The Pune police are conducting searches at the residences of prominent activists across the country for their suspected Maoist links, a senior police officer told PTI. The raids are being carried out as part of the probe into the violence at Maharashtra's Koregaon Bhima village following the Elgaar Parishad event held in Pune last year, he said.


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  • Hameedali Hyderabad

    The Pune Police arrested Mr Varavara Rao at his residence where his wife stated that this time the Pune Police raided the houses of their daughters - the reason being the "threat" of the PM's life by the activists. How Awkward is this?? Whenever there is a decline or downward trend to the image of the self-boasting PM the life threat drama would be played out by the Police How Horrible is the drama ? This is an undeclared Emergency of this Government.
    3 years ago reply
  • P.S.Radhakrishnan

    The anti national activities of the urban maoists are not new in our nation. The organized gang was instrumental in spreading all lies like cow vigilantism, torture of a separate community etc apart from influencing ghar wapasi and award wapasi propaganda along with many others. These anti nationals have also indirectly helped the Congress and some other destructive opposition parties and they in turn helped the urban maoists this way or the other. The Urban maoists also got finances from across the border. Since the present GOVT gave them a long rope they grew bold and even planned some thing more harmful to the state.
    3 years ago reply
  • name

    What revolution has he done, never heard of him.
    3 years ago reply
  • dadarkhan

    what? Is it possible for 77 years old-man will do this kind of assassination? Is it true or for any public sympathy?
    3 years ago reply
  • Linzhi

    Isn't it possible that this is all cooked up to gain sympathy for the ruling party, shift blame from Hindutva activists who actually instigated violence and also for silencing any democratic voices before 2019?
    3 years ago reply
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