Ishrat case: CBI questions Vanzara
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday questioned suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara at the Sabarmati Jail here over his resignation letter in connection with the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, media reports said.
Vanzara had said in his letter that officers like him were made to suffer in jail even after being "loyal" to the government and blamed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for not helping these cops.
In a 10-page letter written on Sept 1 from prison, Vanzara, who has been suspended from service, said he was resigning from the police force.
"I along with my officers stood beside the state government like a bulwark whenever it faced existential crisis in the past. It was expected of the government to reciprocate and stand firmly with us with a similar vigour and determination which to my utter shock and surprise did not happen," he said in his letter.
The letter was sent to Home Ministry in Gujarat and the CBI.
The letter came when the Congress on Tuesday demanded resignation of Narendra Modi after the publication of the footage of a sting operation in a CD by a freelance journalist who purportedly captured senior BJP leaders discussing ways to shield former Gujarat home minister and Modi's closest aide Amit Shah in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case.
Vanzara said officers like him are made to suffer in jails despite the fact that they had been "loyal soldiers of this government who fought incessant war against Pakistan-inspired terrorism."
He alleged that the Gujarat government and former Home Minister Amit Shah were aware of the actions of senior police officers like him who are accused of fake encounters.
The encounters were carried alleging that they were terrorists determined to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others on behalf of Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, Vanzara said.
Taking a dig at Modi, he said, "I have been silent as I adore Modi like a god, but my god could not rise to the occasion under evil influence of Amit Shah."
He also said, "I have a moral justification to exposde real culprits behind the encounter cases. Officers, Crime Branch officers, Anti-Terrorism Squad and Border Range during 2002-2007 simply acted and performed their duties in compliance of the conscious policy of this government."
He said the government is making no move to protect the jailed officers in order to save its own skin.
"Since 2002, the government is not only not interested in protecting us but it also has clandestinely been making all efforts to keep me and my officers in the jail so as to save its own skin from CBI on one hand and gain political benefits on the other," his letter said.
"It is everybody's knowledge that this government has been reaping rich political dividends...by keeping the glow of encounter cases alive in the sky in Gujarat...while otherwise, remaining in the low profile and indifferent to the fate of jailed police officers," he said.
"When Amit Shah was arrested, the best of legal aid was given to him in the name of Ram Jethmalani who fought Amit Shah from the CBI court to Supreme Court. The state government never provided any legal support, leave apart lip service to us or our family," the suspended cop alleged.
Vanzara was arrested by CBI following his transfer to Sabarmati Central jail in Ahmedabad from Mumbai. He was in Mumbai jail as accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter killing case of 2005.
The cop is also accused in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter killing case and is involved in the killing of 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan.
(Posted on 21-09-2013)