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Encounter cop targets Modi govt.

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File photo of Gujarat IPS officer D G Vanzara being taken to a court in Ahmedabad in Aug 2010.
File photo of Gujarat IPS officer D G Vanzara being taken to a court in Ahmedabad in Aug 2010.

Vanzara says he and fellow officers were only following ‘conscious policy’; calls for arrest of decision makers

Suspended Gujarat Deputy Inspector General of Police D.G. Vanzara, allegedly involved in a chain of fake encounter cases and lodged in a Mumbai jail for nearly seven years, on Tuesday, resigned from the IPS, accusing the Narendra Modi government of framing police officials in encounter cases while protecting ruling party politicians close to the Chief Minister. In his 10-page resignation letter, Mr. Vanzara said the Gujarat government had ensured that he and the other accused police officers were kept in jail “so as to save its own skin from the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation)” and also to “reap very rich political dividends.” Spelling out what he meant by “political dividends,” Mr. Vanzara said the continuing incarceration of the cops helped the State government keep the “glow of encounter cases alive” in Gujarat. He urged the Chief Minister not to forget the debt he owed the jailed police officers “while he was in the hurry of marching towards Delhi.”

The principal target of Mr. Vanzara’s ire was BJP general secretary Amit Shah, whose “nauseating” actions, he said, “may take this government to the crematorial ground sooner or later.” An accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounters, Mr. Shah was released on bail some time ago and is currently overseeing the BJP’s political interests in Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Vanzara, who was arrested by the Gujarat Police in April 2007 in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s fake encounter, is also an accused in the encounter deaths of Tulsiram Prajapati, Ishrat Jahan and Sadique Jamal. Mr. Vanzara argued that if he and his fellow officers were deemed to be responsible for the fake encounters, then by that token “the policy makers” too needed to be arrested as the officers had only carried out the “conscious” policy of the government: “Gujarat CID/ Union CBI had arrested me and my officers in different encounter cases holding us responsible for carrying out alleged fake encounters. If that is true, then the CBI investigating officers of all the four encounter cases of Sohrabuddin, Tulsiram, Sadique Jamal and Ishrat Jahan have to arrest the policy formulators also as we, being field officers, have simply implemented the conscious policy of this government which was inspiring, guiding, and monitoring our actions from very close quarters.”

The suspended cop then added a punch line: “By this reasoning, 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.” Mr. Vanzara claimed he had maintained his “graceful silence for such a long period” only because of his “supreme faith and highest respect” for Narendra Modi, whom he used to “adore like a God,” but which “God could not rise to the occasion under the evil influence of Shri Amitbhai Shah who usurped his eyes and ears and has been successfully misguiding him by converting goats into dogs and dogs into goats since last 12 years.”

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The letter shows the complicity of the administration. An administration which looked the other way when thousands were killed, one which supported encounter killings of innocents. I have never heard of any other govt coming up to this level.

from:  Ali
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 11:59 IST

it is too early to make some opinion on this matter. statement of mr D G
Vanjara after 7 yeas of jailed clearly reflects his frustration and
mental agony. what a CM can do in such case when the case is under trail
in court of law. possibility of pressure on jailed cop by CBI under the
direction of ruling party for political gain also can not be ruled out.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 02:50 IST

Very nice comments by few here. It shows that there still are people with humanity in them and these people really actually make us happy from the inside. I hope our country goes on a progressive path taking us all along as one and those with divisive agendas are defeated by the collective conscience of our great country. God willing.

from:  Adnan
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 01:44 IST

Encounter did take place in the past in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata,
Jalandhar, Guwahati, Imphal and many other places rightfully or
wrongly to eliminate terrorists.Only difference being policy
decisions in those cases was not taken by a Government led by Narendra
Modi. People don't even know the names of the people being eliminated.
Because it is Modi, Sohrabuddin a criminal became famous as Modi
baiters had to grind their axes. Vanzara cannot help the cause of
Modi's adversaries. Many more letters, CDs may be in the offing since
Modi is fighting mother of all battles against most powerful machinery
of this country.He is more like 21st century Abhimanyu.

from:  Nabarun Dey
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 20:27 IST

Is it the prick of conscience or feeling of betrayal by his master?
Whatever it is Mr Vanzara's revelation, though belated, will be an
additional weapon for CBI to drag the main culprits for trial. Many
fanatics drugged with NaMo-nia will still shout to rescue Mr Modi, the
main conspirator of the fake encounter. But truth cannot be suppressed
for long and ultimately the justice will prevail.

from:  dipendutta
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 17:59 IST

It is indeed sad that civil servants whose job it is to remain independent of
incumbent politicians start kowtowing to politicians. That leads to dereliction of their duties to citizens who they are being paid to serve. Instead, they have often chosen to becomes underlings and henchmen of politicians of questionable character. The fact that the political class is corrupt, often criminal and utterly uninterested in the
wellbeing of the nation is a given. Now that also bureaucrats have thrown in their lot with the same crooks bodes ill for India.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 17:05 IST

All field officers of HITLER could have told the same thing. Respected Mr. Vanzara has failed to learn from HISTORY.

from:  Ramanan Raja
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 15:05 IST

@Vikan Jain,
How shallow your justification is! It is the short sighted, selfcentered & selfish people like you who do not let law take its course. When you say law whould have taken longer so police should punish you. Are you any different from a thief taking a shortcut to gain something by breaking your house, or a politician buying votes? No you are the same and you deserve a corrupt government, either monetarily or morally.

from:  IndyMan
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 13:44 IST

Dear All,
With all due respect to your view points, I would like to say that it is quite possible that under pressure from ruling party all Policemen part of encounter are now blaming either Amit Shah or Modi. We fail to appreciate that even Rajasthan police was part of the encounter and Rajasthan had congress govt. So from that angle even Ashok Gehlot would have agreed for the killing.
It is not uncommon to kill notorious gangsters in encounter as there is no other way to eliminate such anti social elements.So far no ganster is caught by police had got capital punishment or life term. Who soever are caught are enjoying all facilities in Jails.
Its not correct to give political colour to these acts. These happen in all states and if this threat does not exist, gansters will be even fierce in their mis deeds...

from:  vikas jain
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 12:39 IST

If "God" doesn't know that Amit'Bhai' Shah is converting dogs into
goats and goats into dogs and that too successfully, then there is no
use being the "God".
The whole family if a thief enjoys the spoils of the theft but only
thief is imprisoned. Why Vanzara isn't spilling the beans. May be he
doesn't have much to spill. Too much time has passed since encounter,
everyone can distinguish goats from dogs. I think Vanzara should pay
the price of illicit conduct.
This letter would not damage much of Modi's vote base. Vanzara needs
to save his neck.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 10:55 IST

The courts should take cognizance of such letters of IPS officers seriously and take action against the chief minister and his home minister amit shah during the encounter periods. These poilticians should not be allowed to get away after forcing IAS/IPS officers into corruption and criminal acts to get benfits from them and disown them when the reality is exposed. The IPS officer should be granted immunity and made an approver to expose and punish the real culprits the politicians at the top. The courts expect the officals to be honest but when they speak or act honestly the courts never support them as in the case of durga shakti nagpal and many other where the officals have been punished for doing their duty and not following the corrupt and criminal dictacts of their political masters.If the official concerned is making such a serious statement , the court and should can take suo moto cognizance and register a case against the chief minister and amit shah.

from:  saad
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 10:21 IST

Clearly, Vanzara's outburst stems from a feeling of betrayal by his
political master, whose instructions he was apparently carrying out.
So, what is Vanzara? A police officer or a murderer in uniform?
While joining the force all officers swear to uphold the rule of law and the constitution of the country. To the best of my knowledge, there is no provision of law for summary executions. Did it never occur to Vanzara and officers like him (yes, there are many such police officers in our country) that murder is murder, even if you are following the directives of your political masters? The least Vanzara can do is not sully the name of God by comparing him to his master, who has now left him high and dry - and deservedly so. If Vanzara knew anything at all about God or ethics, he would not have carried out illegal orders.
Vanzara and his ilk deserve no sympathy. Let them stew in their own juice and be punished by law. It may serve as a warning to other thugs in uniform!

from:  Daniel S Mahanty
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:55 IST

Finally he has succumbed to the pressure being put for 7 years. I still fail to understand if Sohrabudding or Tulsiram Prajapati were great social workers who got killed in cold blood. They were infamous extortionists and goons who were killed by the police. Even if we say the process was not right, what police did was right as courts would have taken 30 ~40 years in establishing that they were criminals or they would have run their racket from prison.
Its a big dilemma for Police force, if they do good they are targeted, if they dont they are targetted....

from:  vikas jain
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:51 IST

Good. After 7 months of respectful silence, mr vanzara suddenly got
lightning struck from heavens to speak truth. Why always such
lightning strucks when elections are nearby.
why vanzara not complaining to court or tells court that it was modi
who ordered encounter. why deliberately he is complaning to secretary.
also the apposition weak and foul cry shows that this was arranged.
sanjeev bhatt, tista, gigvijay singh, now vanzara.
I must appreciate modi for handling so many enemys at a time for last
12 years and still winning.

from:  ashish
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:47 IST

Mr.VAnzara this letter reflects that you have become the victim of negligence by those whom you respected like god (AS mentioned in your letter)now you are repenting whatever you have done in the past I have a simple honest and superb suggestion for you when you tendered your resignation citing the reasons of the negligence from the people whom you had a great respect in the past.
Please write a letter of apology to all those killed in encounter(In which you are being framed as accused)perhaps this may give you a spiritual sigh of relief.

from:  Syed Ali Taher Abedi
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:44 IST

Sudhir Sinha of Gujarat Human Rights Commission said CBI practicing “legal third degree” to break jailed cops to coerce them to implicate Modi.

from:  Samar
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:41 IST

Mr. D.G.Vanzara,IPS revealed some and many facts but tried to put some
more inside the coating of patriotism. He could dare to bare many real
images of his false gods.The sufferings of Mr Vanzara and other 31
police officers/men might of course be because they chose Duryodhana
in place of Lord Krishna as their god. They followed the conscious
decision of the cabinet of devils to carry out the destruction and
demolition of many innocent lives and livelihoods. Mr Vanzara and his
officers/men fought for adharma. If they could listen to their inner
voice of true conscience and could dare to choose the path of
righteousness and defied the dictum of their demonic lords,the
situation of the state of Gujarat and of the communal harmony of the
country would have been different what it's today.Is it the harbinger
of good acumen for the Nation to stop the march of demonic forces to
capture the reins of Delhi? Let us pray for true justice for all
before our real God.I empathize with Mr Vanzara.

from:  Haji Mohammad A Ali
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 09:08 IST

Truth always come out.

from:  Satish Meena
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 08:43 IST

truth must is worth banjara statement came at a big time when the nation is assessing the person who is making big claims for the country. yet an obvious doubt is there that if there is no politics behind it.

from:  prasant
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 08:36 IST

Suspended Gujarat Deputy Director I.G. Of Police I.P.S. Mr D.G. Vanzara
has disclosed many facts on various issues and directly attacked the
Narendera Modi and his aid Amit Shah on various Points . The People of
India are in dilemma that Why Mr D.G. Vanzara has taken so much time in
disclosing his mindset through his letter . As it would have been
disclosed earlier if was so confident . Why delay of a decade in this
disclouser of these Facts ?

Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 07:19 IST

This letter smells as if it has been written for a political purpose.
Looks like CBI is trying to break as many officers as possible by
threatening them with continued persecution unless they drop such
"letter bombs" that would at least keep the air murky and allegations
alive till 2014 elections. The letter itself is full of
contradictions. What is Vanzara actually saying that when he says
"such a policy" was that of the state govt and he followed orders- is
he admitting that the policy was to engage in fake encounters and that
he and others did it? Because that is impossible- a person who is
fighting a case to prove he did not commit a fake encounter cannot
simultaneously be admitting in a letter that he did. Does not make
sense. The only thing that makes sense is that the letter full of
loopholes has been put out there so that Modi and Shah can be painted
villains in public eye (cos nothing seems to be coming out through the
legal route so far). CBI has become a tool of Congress

from:  Abhinav Sharma
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 06:34 IST

The political managers in BJP camp have less to cheer about with Vanzara's spilling the beans. In his bid to save the skin, the police officer fires all his cylinders against Amitshah, the close political aid of Modi, in the wake of the latter's leaning on his aid's shoulders to battle elections. This may bound to hit the image of Gujarat govt being projected as a growth model. As does Manmohan Singh face the heat of scams and missing files, so does the BJP contender for the top job, for a sea of controversies.

from:  C.Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 06:26 IST

Let it be a lesson to the serving IAS,IPS and IFS officers in any parts of India,that only rule of law will ultimately prevail and not the temporary corrupted joy of life spited by the political masters.
Although the ill fated IPS officer Mr,D.G.Vanjara has no legal right to blame some body for his wrong doings when he was in service in Gujarat,action must be taken against those guilty politicians who ever were part and partial of the serial of encounter killings in Gujarat.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 06:07 IST

Still, it doesn't quite clarify the adjective "conscious" used to
qualify the noun "policy". How "conscious" was this policy? Did Modi or Amit Shah verbally instruct the police chiefs to arrange fake encounters? Can he prove that? Modi would claim that it was their perception to which he had little interest to invest. Perhaps those IAS officers who were pointedly disgraced by Modi should solve the jigsaw puzzle to supply the rest of missing links. Let justice reign supreme!

from:  Saumen Sengupta
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 06:03 IST

Cops community should learn a lesson from this and stop licking politicians toes and obeying their unlawful orders, in their own and in larger public interest.

from:  Balvinder
Posted on: Sep 3, 2013 at 23:49 IST
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