A few days after the state government issued him a charge sheet for allegedly mishandling a communal crisis at Nainwa town in Bundi district, IPS officer Pankaj Choudhary has threatened to expose five IPS and two IAS officers whom he called “crocodiles of all India service” and “gaddar” (quislings).
Choudhary, who was the superintendent of police (SP) of Bundi when on September 12, 2014, the Nainwa town witnessed a communal flare-up after some Hindu extremists damaged a mosque. The town, which is located at four hours drive from the district headquarters, witnessed much tension following which the police clamped a curfew in the area and also arrested some members of right-wing groups.
On September 21, the IAS officer was put on ‘awaiting posting order’ (APO) seemingly as a punishment for booking Hindu extremists.
In a telephonic interview to HT from New Delhi, where he is now posted as commandant of 11th battalion of the Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC), Choudhary said he was being hounded by the government for putting Vishwa Hindu Parisad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal members behind bars.
“I prevented a Gopalgarh in Nainwa and look what I got as reward,” he said referring to Gopalgarh, an eastern Rajasthan village where 10 persons were killed in a communal violence in September 2011.
“I have never relented to any pressure against the truth. Maybe that’s why it’s my fourth posting in a career of 15 years. But I am not going to be cowed by them. Let me offer my reply to the charge sheet — I will expose all those who decided to side with the criminals in the Nainwa case,” he said.
Choudhary said after he was removed as the Bundi SP, the criminals that he had booked were let off in police investigation. “I will soon write a book on the inside story of communal violence and how it can be pre-empted if police acts strongly,” he added.
Choudhary was earlier shunted for taking on a Congress MLA’s father in Jaisalmer, which was also his first field posting. As SP, he reopened history sheet of Gazi Fakir, the 80-year-old disciple of Pakistani Sufi saint late Peer Pagara and father of Congress MLA Shaleh Mohammad, and was shifted out in August 2013. “I will expose the crocodiles of all India service,” he said. Choudhary has also sent long messages to some WhatApp groups with the ‘threat.’