Maoists targeting PM Modi during election rallies: Intelligence

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In the run up to Republic Day celebrations followed by Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah face threat from Maoists and several other quarters.

Top intelligence sources said inputs have been received according to which leaders of the front organisations of the CPI(Maoist) have urged their central leadership to target the election rallies of the Prime Minister, union home minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah.

Sources said central intelligence agencies have carried out a special briefing to Special Protection Group in this regard, to apprise them of possible threat perceptions to the PM ahead of Republic Day and Assembly elections.
Since the top leaders will be visiting various places for the election campaigning, Maoist cadres have urged the leadership to target them during their campaign for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They have further suggested to carry out serial IED blasts in Eastern UP by deploying ‘suitable cadres’ from outside, while promising to provide assistance to carrying out the task.
In a note purportedly issued by Andhra Pradesh State Committee of the CPI (Maoist), the Prime Minister and Andhra Pradesh chief minister were held responsible for killing of Maoist cadres. The note had threatened to carry out attacks on CM and his son.

In the wake of killing of 30 cadres of the CPI (Maoist) by security forces in District Malkangiri, Odisha last year, similar notes and audio statements have been issued by the outfit in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where in the central and the state governments have been blamed for the deaths. Most of them have criticised the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha for using the security forces for the benefit of corporate sector and threatened to carry out attacks on leaders of BJP, TDP, and BJD.

Other than threats from Maoists, the Prime Minister faces threats high degree of threats from several other quarters ahead of Republic Day. such as home grown and foreign Islamic terror groups, Sikh militant organisations etc.

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