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Gujarat gives back IPS Sanjiv Bhatt his security cover

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, May 03, 2011
First Published: 23:52 IST(3/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:54 IST(3/5/2011)

After a week, the Gujarat police restored the security of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Tuesday. Four constables, one of them armed, will now be posted at his Ahmedabad home.


Bhatt had testified against chief minister Narendra Modi in an affidavit before the SC on April 14.

He had claimed that following the Godhra train attack in 2002, Modi had asked officials to allow Hindus to vent their anger. The next hearing of the riots case is on Thursday.

Bhatt's security - five unarmed state reserve police (SRP) men - was withdrawn last week by the Chittaranjan Singh, acting director general of police (DGP). The reason cited was that Bhatt was posted as the principal of SRP training school in Junagadh, where he would get the security he is entitled to.

Bhatt had gone to Junagadh for a while, but came back to Ahmedabad in February to depose in the riots case. A statement from the DGP's office accused him of proceeding on leave without authorisation.

The DGP also said Bhatt had deployed the five police personnel from the school at his Ahmedabad home without prior approval.

Earlier, Bhatt had written to the state home department and the SC appointed Special Investigation Team probing the 2002 riots cases, seeking adequate security.

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