DG Vanzara, Gujarat’s encounter killings-tainted IPS officer who has resigned from service through an explosive letter, wants chief minister Narendra Modi to repay the debt he owes to jailed police officers — “loyal soldiers” of the government.
Vanzara says “in the hurry of marching towards Delhi”, Modi should “not forget to repay the debt which he owes to jailed police officers who endowed him with the halo of brave chief minister…”
The reference to Delhi in the 10-page letter comes at a time when Modi — who Vanzara “used to adore like a god” — is widely tipped to be named as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial face for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
File photo of Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara being taken to a court in Ahmedabad. (PTI Photo)
The letter has triggered a political storm over the scent of political approval for a series of alleged extrajudicial killings.
Vanzara “categorically” states police officers “simply acted and performed their duties in compliance of the conscious policy of this government…”
Vanzara has been in jail since 2007, when he was arrested in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Later, he was named in the Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case, Sadiq Jamal staged killing case and the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.
“Gujarat CID/Union CBI had arrested me and my officers in different encounter cases holding us to be responsible for carrying out alleged fake encounters, if that is true, then the CBI investigating officers of all the four encounter cases… have to arrest the policy formulators also as we, being field officers, have simply implemented the conscious policy of this government which was inspiring, guiding and monitoring our actions from the very close quarters,” says Vanzara.
“By this reasoning, I am of the firm opinion that the place of this government should be either be in Taloja Central Prison at Navi Mumbai or in Sabarmati Central Prison at Ahmedabad.”
Vanzara also hammers Modi’s aide Amit Shah. “… I am sorry to state that my God (Modi) could not rise to the occasion under the evil influence of Shri Amitbhai Shah who… has been successfully misguiding him by converting goats into dogs and dogs into goats since (the) last 12 years.”
The BJP made Shah the in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year. UP has 80 Lok Sabha seats, the highest among states, and is seen as crucial in national political configuration.
The letter may compound Shah’s problems. Shah is an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case and is, at present, out on bail.
In his letter dated September 1 (it surfaced on Tuesday), Vanzara accuses the state government of reaping political benefits by “keeping the glow of encounter cases alive in the sky of Gujarat”, while remaining indifferent to the fate of jailed police officers.
“This government was not only not interested in protecting us, but has been clandestinely making all efforts to keep me and my officers in the jail to save its own skin from the CBI and gain political benefits.
Vanzara resignation letter
Vanzara resignation letter
Video: Suspended Gujarat officer Vanzara quits; blames Modi, Shah