From calling the Indian Army the 'enemy' to organising disruptive and seditious activities in different parts of the country, this letter allegedly written by Sudha Bharadwaj to a comrade, which the prosecution has produced as a piece of evidence in the court against the 'activists' arrested on August 28, will make it difficult for them to continue claiming they are not urban naxals but respectable intellectuals
New Delhi: Self-styled trade union leader Sudha Bharadwaj, who has been operating in the Maoist-infested areas of Chhattisgarh for 29 years, reportedly wrote to a comrade following the conviction of Sai Baba, despairing about the low morale of the left-wing extremist cadre.
MyNation has accessed the letter purportedly written to a certain Prakash by Bharadwaj who, along with other Maoist sympathisers, were arrested on August 28 in a nationwide crackdown on seditious elements by Pune Police that is investigating the Bhima-Koregaon violence of December 31, 2017.
One of the most incriminating parts of the letter is the passage where Bharadwaj allegedly refers to the Indian Army as the “enemy”, accusing it of violating human rights of terrorists — who are merely “algavwadi” (separatists) to her — in Jammu and Kashmir.
In this paragraph of the alleged letter by Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, who another urban naxal arrested by Pune Police on August 28, is named. According to the letter, Navlakha was in touch with those fighting the Indian state in Kashmir.
The letter names advocates Shailendra Kumar Chaubey, Pandey, Surendra, Viplav, Parag, Nihal Singh Rathod, Subhash Nitanvare and Monika Sakhrani who are part of an organisation called IAPL. MyNation has learnt that the IAPL stands for the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers who take up cudgels on behalf of Maoists in various courts of the country. Bharadwaj allegedly says in the letter that these lawyers would work as “couriers” for the Maoist ultras, accepting the “risk” that comes with the sinister job.
The lawyers above had, according to the claim made in Bharadwaj’s alleged letter, agreed to fight all the cases against Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
If this letter is true, Bharadwaj’s activities are not confined to Chhattisgarh. She was, in that case, involved also in the stir in Punjab against the expulsion of Maruti Suzuki factory workers who had been punished for bad conduct. The letter suggests she has been involved in disruptive activities in Maharashtra and Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as well.
Throughout the letter, Bharadwaj seeks monetary help for Maoists spread across the country and claims to have made payments to several comrades for different naxal activities. Finally, she asks for some money for her ailing daughter, then aged 21 years, too.
Another letter written allegedly by Bharadwaj:
In the course of the probe into the incidents of violence in Bhima-Koregaon, the police had also run into evidence that suggested these alleged Maoists were hatching a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the style adopted by the LTTE to eliminate Rajiv Gandhi.
Last Updated 10:16 AM IST