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Elgaar Parishad case: Maoist leader linked to ‘plot to kill PM Modi’ arrested in Jharkhand

Prashant Bose, wanted in several criminal cases, is the secretary of the CPI (Maoist) eastern regional bureau.

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune |
Updated: November 13, 2021 10:50:01 am
According to the officer, the police, acting on intelligence inputs, arrested the Maoist leader and his wife.

Top CPI (Maoist) leader Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da, who was recently arrested by Jharkhand Police, is one of the many accused named in the Elgaar Parishad case. Bose was named in connection with a “Maoist communication” that allegedly mentioned a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bose was arrested in Jharkhand along with wife Sheela Marandi, also a wanted extremist, said a senior police officer on Friday.

In the Elgaar Parishad case, Bose was named as accused number 15 on the basis of a “Maoist communication” recovered from arrested accused Rona Wilson, which allegedly mentioned a plot to kill the Prime Minister.

The letter allegedly stated, “Com Kisan and few other senior comrades have proposed concrete steps to end Modi Raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident.”

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Pune Police had claimed that “Com Kisan” mentioned in the letter was Prashant Bose, secretary of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) of the banned CPI-Maoist.

The chargesheet filed by Pune City Police before a special court in Pune in 2018 stated “…Kishan alias Prashant Bose, secretary of ERB of CPI-Maoist, and other underground operatives hatched a conspiracy to kill the Prime Minister of India and also participated in the process of procurement of huge arms and ammunition as part of the larger conspiracy of waging a war against the democratic system and Indian citizens.”

Pune City Police have claimed that Elgaar Parishad, a conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, was organised as per the strategy of the banned CPI-Maoist. They have alleged that speeches delivered at the conclave and previous campaigns for the event were among the factors that led to widespread violence in Koregaon Bhima area in Pune on January 1, 2018, in which one person was killed and several others were injured.


Pune Police had booked as many as 23 persons in connection with the case, of whom nine were arrested and others, including top Maoist leaders Ganapathy, Milind Teltumbde and Kishan alias Prashant Bose, were named as wanted accused. The case was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency, which further arrested seven more persons from different parts of the country over their alleged links to CPI-Maoist.

The Pune Police chargesheet had also claimed that Elgaar Parishad was held in accordance with the decisions taken at meetings of the ERB of the CPI-Maoist in 2015. Pune police had said “evidence of ERB’s role” in the events of January 1, 2018, was allegedly found in a “communication” on January 2, the day after the violence, between two of the accused, Rona Wilson and Milind Teltumbde.

 — With inputs from PTI

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First published on: 12-11-2021 at 09:43:12 pm
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