Taking a swipe at the Modi government over the "zeal" shown in providing "foolproof security" to a girl at her father's request, suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt wrote to the Gujarat chief minister on Thursday demanding adequate security for himself and his family.
"In view of the unprecedented zeal and unparallelled alacrity displayed by you in providing foolproof security to Mr Soni's daughter, I am tempted to once again request you to immediately provide adequate and foolproof categorised security cover for myself and my family members," Bhatt wrote in the letter addressed to Modi, referring to the ongoing "snooping" row.
"Hope you will not resort to taking shelter behind some 'threat assessment' conducted by your supplicant stooges and will shed your stock vengefulness to accede to... Genuine request," he said.
He was an important witness against Modi and others in various complaints, inquiries and petitions pertaining to the 2002 riots, Bhatt claimed, adding that this drew antipathy and hatred towards him.
"The fact that my wife, Shweta Bhatt, contested against you in the Gujarat assembly elections 2012, has further added to the hostility towards me and my family."
Bhatt claimed that he had written a letter last year to the state home department.
"My repeated requests for provision of a bullet-proof car and an escort vehicle for my protection during all road journeys within the state have not yet received any response from the home department... Despite passage of more than a year... the already insufficient and meagre security provided to me and my family has been reduced to a farcical deployment of just one untrained PSO."
Earlier this month Bhatt had written to Ahmedabad commissioner of police Shivanand Jha to verify the actual deployment of PSOs for him and his family.