Ahmedabad: Suspended police officer D G Vanzara has quit the IPS after alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former minister of state for home Amit Shah were also to blame for “encounter deaths” that have kept him and 31 other officers in jail for years.
In an explosive 10-page letter dated September 1 made available to the media yesterday, Vanzara — long known as an encounter specialist — said “this spineless government of Gujarat... has ceased to command my allegiance, trust and loyalty” for not standing by the jailed officers.
Describing Modi as a “deity” who failed and attacking Shah for not protecting the jailed police officers, he said Gujarat’s rulers could not evade blame for the many “encounter deaths” in the state.
Vanzara said in the letter from the Sabarmati Central Prison that if he and his colleagues could be charged with “fake encounters”, then the CBI must “arrest the policy formulators also as we...simply implemented the conscious policy of this government”.
“I am of the firm opinion that the place of this government, instead of being in Gandhinagar, should either be in Taloja Central Prison at Navi Mumbai or in Sabarmati Central Prison at Ahmedabad.
“The logic is very simple, ie (the) government and police officers are sailing in the same boat and have to swim or sink together. None should try to outsmart the other and try to swim at the cost of other,” said the suspended “supercop” who has been in jail since his arrest in April 2007 in connection with more than one “encounter killing”.
Vanzara accused Modi confidant Shah — now the BJP campaign head in Uttar Pradesh — of employing “dirty tactics” to save himself from criminal cases “while ditching the police officers to... allow them to die unnatural death by drowning.
“By adopting such a suicidal path, this government is doing nothing else but hastening and facilitating its own death by drowning.
Vanzara said he had for long adored Modi. “But I am sorry to state that my deity could not rise to the occasion under the evil influence of Amitbhai Shah...
“His (Shah’s) unholy grip over the state administration is so complete that he is almost running the government of Gujarat by proxy.”
The 1987 batch Indian Police Service officer, who has headed the Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorist Squad, referred to Modi’s repeated vows to “repay (what) he owes to Mother India”.
“It would not be out of context to remind him that he, in the hurry of marching towards Delhi, may kindly not forget to repay the debt which he owes to jailed police officers.”