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I believe there is HIGH CHANCE that the alleged Maoist Modi assassination letter is FAKE

I thoroughly disapprove of any attempt to assassinate India’s Prime Minister. The idea that Maoists could be considering this this raises my heckles.

But I’ve now spent a couple of hours to take a look at the alleged letter that talks about such a plot (“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. )

Here’s the ALLEGED letter/email (source – copy on my server; PDF here.)

This letter was allegedly recovered from the house of Rona Wilson, the Delhi-based public relations secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners on 6 June 2018.

It was apparently “seized from the laptop of Rona Wilson, a Delhi-based human rights activist“. Another news report claims this is not a letter but an “email“.

The obvious problem with this text that’s been shared publicly is that the alleged email DOES NOT HAVE ANY IP ADDRESS [Source].

Question 1: Why doesn’t the letter look like a proper email?

Question 2: If these guys were plotting Modi’s death, why would they not use readily available and foolproof encrypted systems like Whatsapp? 

Question 3: There are significant tampering issues involved here (see this).

It is allegedly signed “R” – is that short for Rona Wilson?

I’ve concluded after spending a couple of hours that there is a high chance that the letter is FAKE.

THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE HAVE ARGUED THAT THE LETTER IS FAKE:

1) EMINENT JOURNALIST PS JHA

Here is PS Jha’s critque. According to Jha, “the letter contains virtually irrefutable evidence of having been doctored“.

2) ACCUSED VARAVARA RAO

Varavara Rao makes very pertinent points (WE MUST GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT TILL PROVEN GUILTY):

Rao said that all the letters were fake and there was an attempt to link the Maoists to the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

“You (media) know the style of communication of Maoists. Even I know because I have participated in peace talks. Will anyone with common sense believe that they have been written by Maoist party?” he said.

“Anyone with little knowledge about revolutionary movements can answer whether the party will write such letters to people living in the mainstream society,” Rao said, appealing to the media to introspect and be responsible in showing the news.

“In a Hindi letter, I was addressed as Mahaan Neta. Did the Maoist party or People’s War ever call me that? Rona Wilson is addressed as Lal Johaar and at the end, it is shown that the letter is written by Milind. He is Maoist party central committee member. How can someone as mature as Milind write such an irresponsible letter?” He questioned.

3) LAWYERS REPRESENTING THE ACCUSED

Lawyers presenting the accused said the documents cited by the prosecution were fabricated and an attempt to frame them.” [Source]

4) ARUN FERREIRA AND VERNON GONSALVES in dailyo.in

“The letter casually mentions the actual names of several persons, including of those arrested. It is a known fact, which has long been stressed by the police, too, that all Naxalites take aliases, and only such alias names are used in communication between them. This is a practice even among the Maoist parties abroad, such as in Nepal and in the Philippines. The former Jharkhand director-general of police, GS Rath, who dealt mainly with intelligence on Maoists from 2000 to 2013, has been quoted to say, “In my career, I never came across Maoists using original names in communications. They stuck to aliases.”

5. SHARAD PAWAR

Sharad Pawar has said, ” I spoke to a retired police officer, who had worked for CID. He said there is no substance in the letter. The letter is being used to garner people’s sympathy.” [Source]

6. A RESPONSE ON QUORA BY Nirmalya Kajuri

This raises a number of obvious discrepancies. The quora response cites REAL Maoist letters which read totally differently, and not a rambling self-disclosure.

6. “‘Maoist plot’ letters leaked by police have all the hallmarks of mischievous fabrication” [Source]

“the police leadership of Maharashtra displays a bizarre lack of knowledge of the rudiments of Maoist strategy and tactics in their disclosures around the present “urban Maoist” cases.”

===TEXT OF THE LETTER, WITH MY BLUE ANNOTATIONS ==

Dear comrade Prakash, Red salutes! [Sanjeev: ALLEGEDLY PRAKASH IS “Ritupam Goswami” – Source– also this and thisAnd who is he? – “Ritupan Goswami, a scholar who completed his PhD from JNU. He has already joined the underground cadre of CPI (M-L). He is not just a cardholder of the underground party, but also a functionary; he is the general secretary”source;  He was rusticated by JNU in 2007 for gheraoing the Registrar (source). He was the “radical Left candidate, Democratic Students’ union DSU” in 2007 in JNU. What was Ritupam’s PhD on? Here: Rivers and History: Brahamaputra Valley in the Last Two Centuries – completed in 2010. Note: this email scroll down here shows that Saibaba was in touch with Rona Wilson and Ritupan Goswami. Note: Assuming Prakash is an alias for someone, why are other names used directly?]

We received your last letter (20/3). Regarding the current situation here Arun, Vernon and others are equally concerned about the two line struggle that is slowly taking shape on the urban front. Followed by the very unfortunate demise of Bijoy da. He was a strong leader with great vision and selfless devotion to the party and the Red Revolution! His leadership was greatly needed in today’s critical times. Things were far better before Prashant’s egoist agenda took over the larger interest of the party and the political prisoners. [Sanjeev: apparently, Prashant Bose is the second in command of the Maoist movement in the country.] Com. Saibaba had raised this issue with you back in 2013 when Prashant revolted against Saibaba. We think that in one way the Gadchiroli court’s judgment has helped by restraining Prashant in doing further harm to the Party. [Sanjeev: THIS PARA DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Why would someone plotting to kill Modi recount the WELL KNOWN history of the communist movement?]

With that said, we are working tirelessly to put up a strong defense for Saibaba. Every possible legal help in favour of the jailed comrades is being sought. HB has been given all the responsibility to coordinate programmes and protests to raise public opinion in our favour.

On 20 th April we will organise another program under the banner – Committee for the Defense and Release of GN Saibaba. We will leave no stones unturned in providing relief to all pol. prisoners. Com. Ashok B., Amit B., Seema and Sudhir have strongly pitched for more regular meetings of CRPP EC. It will facilitate smoother coordination of numerous pending cases in Delhi, MH, JH, Odisha, CHH. [Sanjeev: Why in heaven’s name will such stuff get into an email/ letter – Is “Prakash” totally ignorant about what’s going on?]

On the other side Com. Siraj has shown willingness to contribute for the party in all possible ways. He has been studying the party literature, resolutions and the party constitution for the past several years. Despite challenging situations he is ready for second APT cross-over.

This time I would like to send another comrade with Siraj. His CV is in the memory chip with this letter. [Sanjeev: Why is this self-incriminating email being sent without encryption and someone’s CV on a chip? Why not everything on a chip?] Sometime in last year Vishnu had met Com. Basanta to facilitate the deal. At the time Com. Kishan was unable to meet directly. I hope by now you have received details of the meeting and requirement of 8cr for annual supply of M4’s with 400000 rounds. Please convey your decision. [Sanjeev: So now “Prakash” is supposed to decide on things and even organise 8 crore rupees. First he is told some petty details that are widely known. Now he is asked to be a decision maker. Quite absurd.]

Defeating Hindu fascism has been our core agenda [Sanjeev: This is highly implausible, as Jha points out] and a major concern for the party [Sanjeev: What Party?]. Several leaders from the secret cells [Sanjeev: If a cell is “secret” who in his right mind will mention it?] as well as open organisations have raised this issue very strongly. We are working to consolidate ties with like-minded organsiations, pol. Parties, representatives of minorities across the country. Modi led Hindu fascist regime is bulldozing it’s way into the lives of indigenous adivasis. In spite of big defeats like Bihar and West Bengal, Modi has successfully established BJP govt in more than 15 states. [Sanjeev: IS THIS NEWS FOR PRAKASH? WHY IS THIS BEING MENTIONED?] If this phase continues then it would mean immense trouble for the party on all fronts. Greater suppression of dissent and more brutal form of Mission 2016 (OGH). 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. It sounds suicidal and there is a good chance that we might fail but we feel that the party PB/CC must deliberate over our proposal. Targeting his road shows could be one effective strategy. We collectively believe that survival of the party is supreme to all sacrifices. Rest in the next letter.

With warm greetings R
18/04/17

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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