‘Vanzara’s letter confirms encounter killings done under direction of government’

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday reiterated its demand for the prosecution of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for using “encounter killings” to deal with terrorism. This time the demand was premised on the contents of the resignation letter submitted by suspended Gujarat Deputy Inspector General of Police D. G. Vanzara on Tuesday.

In the letter, Mr. Vanzara accused the Modi government of framing police officials in encounter cases and protecting the ruling party politicians; particularly Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Amit Shah. The CPI(M) Polit Bureau in a statement said: “The letter written by the jailed officer Vanzara about the actions taken by him and the other accused in the Gujarat encounter killings confirms in the most direct way what was known to most citizens of this country, that the killings were executed with the full knowledge and direction of those leading the Gujarat government.”

According to the CPI(M), the letter, in “a chilling exposure,” describes encounter killings as an intrinsic policy of the Gujarat government against terrorism. “Narendra Modi’s numerous statements at the time justifying the killings fit in perfectly with Vanzara’s defence.”

Referring to the CD in which BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar is seen “trying to sabotage the processes of justice” in the Tulsiram Prajapati “fake encounter” case, the Polit Bureau noted that the references to Mr. Modi on camera make it doubly clear that the Chief Minister was in full knowledge and, therefore, “in connivance with the efforts to manipulate the case in their favour’’.

There should be a Supreme Court supervised enquiry to uncover the full facts in the CD case.