Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Friday, said that the government is very cautious about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security. The matter of safety and security of the PM Modi is of the utmost importance, he said, amid reports of an assassination plot by Maoists.
Minister’s remarks came after the Pune Police earlier in the day intercepted an internal communication of the Maoists revealing plans of a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type’ assassination of Prime Minister Modi.
Addressing a press conference on his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation, Rajnath said, “We are always concerned about the security of our Prime Minister. Maoism and extremism have now been reduced by many folds. Maoists are just fighting a lost battle.”
Singh said the Naxal violence will come to an end soon as their area of influence has come down from 135 districts in the country to 90 but they are very active in only 10 of these.
Asked about the possibility of extending the ongoing suspension of operations against the militants in Jammu and Kashmir beyond Eid, he said an appropriate decision will be taken after reviewing the ground situation and in consultation with all people concerned.
Maintaining that the Centre’s stand since beginning was that New Delhi was willing to talk to everyone, Singh said, “Our neighbouring country Pakistan should prevent terror emanating from its soil.”
The home minister also said the central government was ready to hold dialogue with all “right-minded” people if not “like-minded”, a statement seen as an olive branch to the separatists.
(with agency inputs)