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Stung Gujarat govt probes ‘conspiracy’ behind Vanzara letter

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, September 17, 2013
First Published: 11:37 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:39 IST(17/9/2013)

Gujarat’s jailed IPS officer DG Vanzara’s explosive resignation letter alleging that the Narendra Modi government was “saving its own skin while ditching the police officials” in the fake encounter cases continues to intrigue the state administration.

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The government is silently enquiring into the “conspiracy” behind the writing of the letter that slammed Modi’s most trusted aide Amit Shah for “misguiding” the chief minister on the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter cases.

Vanzara, who has been in jail for six years, says in his letter that “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 skin from the CBI and gain political benefits.”

Sources in the state government admitted that state Intelligence Bureau officials are probing the matter. “We are trying to ascertain some facts like Vanzara’s visitors at jail in Ahmedabad and Mumbai and also the movements of his family members,” the source said.

There are several theories or “conspiracy angles” being talked about in the state’s police and administrative circles. “This letter was written when Vanzara was in a Mumbai jail in the Sohrabuddin case. It is likely that some Congress leaders conspired with CBI officials to get such a strongly worded letter from a police official implicated in the cases. This appears be creating trouble for Modi and Shah,” a police officer close to the CM said.

A section of Modi confidants don’t rule out the possibility of some anti-Modi sections in the BJP trying to scuttle his rise nationally.


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