The Congress on Monday expressed apprehensions that suspended police official, DIG DG Vanzara the main accused in the fake encounters case in Gujarat may be killed and a member of a minority community implicated in it as part of the Narendra Modi government’s efforts to polarize the atmosphere in Gujarat before the year-end Assembly elections.
``I have learnt from a reliable source that a conspiracy is being hatched the Modi government and his ministers to get Vanzara killed by a muslim in order to foment communal riots, polarize the atmosphere and derive political advantage,’’ alleged spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi, ``I am saying this with full responsibility,’’ he added.
Chaturvedi, however, refused to divulge the ``source’’ or say whether the Congress has informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil about the ``conspiracy’’ or petitioned for central intervention.
``Law and order is a state subject. The state government has to take responsibility. If necessary, we will urge the Centre to take preventive measures,’’ he said in response to queries. Stressing that Vanzara should get ``due punishment’’ under the law, Chaturvedi said that the ongoing probe into fake encounters would reveal many things.
Reacting to a spate of queries, Chaturvedi said that if CPI general secretary A B Bardhan had any reservations about the UPA’s policies, it would have been better if he had discussed these at the UPA-Left coordination meeting rather than in public. Bardhan had also urged the Left parties to review their support to the UPA government.
Chaturvedi denied the BJP charge that the UPA may opt for early adjournment of the ongoing session of Parliament. ``The Congress does not want Parliament to be adjourned sine die prematurely nor is it making any demand of this kind,’’ he said.
Earlier, while ruling out early adjournment, Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi had also said the Government was keen to run the House till May 22 but it was upto the opposition to allow it to function.