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Modi Tops Hit Lists Of Extremist Groups


After the bomb attacks that killed 6 people at BJP rally in Patna, Bihar, in which PM candidate Narendra Modi was about to speak, Indian politicians are stepping up their security contingents in the run-up to the elections next year. Modi, in particular, has become a prime target for Muslim extremist groups after he presided over communal riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002 that killed at least 1000 people, many of them Muslims. Reuters reports:

“Narendra Modi is way above everyone else on their hit list,” said an officer in the Intelligence Bureau, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“The IM cadre say he is actually 1 to 10 on their list. The rest come after that,” said the officer, citing confessions of captured militants.

There is a history of political assassinations in India – Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India, was assassinated by extremist Hindus in 1948; Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984; her son Rajiv, also Prime Minister, was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber in 1991. The Congress party’s expected prime ministerial candidate and family scion Rahul Gandhi speculated that he too could be the next candidate killed.

With a lot at stake in these upcoming elections, both for India and the broader region, a peaceful outcome is critical. Let’s hope for the best.

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