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Updated: October 7, 2011 00:55 IST

Sanjiv Bhatt's wife complains to Chidambaram again

Manas Dasgupta
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Shweta Bhatt wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt talking to the media in Ahmedabad on Monday. A PTI file photo.
Shweta Bhatt wife of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt talking to the media in Ahmedabad on Monday. A PTI file photo.

Says the Ahmedabad Crime Branch treated him like a terrorist while in custody

Reiterating her apprehension about the safety of her arrested husband, Shweta Bhatt, wife of arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, on Thursday dashed off another letter to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, complaining that he was treated like a terrorist while in the custody of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch Police.

Levelling a series of complaints against the State police, Ms. Bhatt in her letter claimed that she and other family members of Mr. Bhatt were also being harassed and ill-treated by the police apparently to send a message to all that anyone who dared to stand up against Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be subjected to such suffering.

Ms. Bhatt detailed the insulting treatment meted out to her during the search operations conducted at her place last Friday and the way Mr. Bhatt was treated in the Crime Branch lock-up underscoring her fear for her husband's safety.

“Policemen were behaving like criminals not observing any lawful procedures, searching personal effects in a bid to terrorise and humiliate me and my family,” she wrote. “This was clearly intended as a message to my husband that this is what your family will go through for the stand you have taken,” she added. Ms. Bhatt said about 35 men landed at her house without any warrant and carried out a search which yielded nothing. The policemen told her that they had many orders against Mr. Bhatt but were carrying out only a few. “If we have followed all, imagine what would have happened,” the police claimed to have told Ms Bhatt.

She said Mr. Bhatt was kept in a “dingy, filthy, stinking room” in the custody of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch in Gaekwad Haveli station, and appended a compact disc with his images in the lock-up provided to her by some ‘insider.' “My husband is not a criminal or a serial offender, why is he being treated like a terrorist?,” she asked.

Ms. Bhatt in her earlier letter to Mr. Chidambaram requested the Centre's intervention. Following her letter, the Centre directed the State government to ensure security for Mr. Bhatt and his family and the Union Home Ministry also decided to carry out an independent survey to assess the perception of threat to the IPS officer. The decision was taken even after Director General of Police Chittaranjan Singh had ruled out any threat to his life.

Meanwhile, both Mr. Bhatt's bail application and the government's revision petition for his police remand are scheduled to be heard by the trial court on Friday.

Kudos to Gujarat Police for arresting Bhatt, holding him accoutable for his actions. He cant refuse to go to his place of work just because he is attending court in Ahmedabad. For charges of coercing the driver and manipulating evidence he should be dismissed. There is no question of special treatment because he is an IPS officer. Today in Gujarat there is an IGP epidemic, everyday we see in papers serving IGPs with photo making statements against the government. They are priviledged class and have statutory provisons for making complaint to the state/central govt and also recourse to courts. But one cannot make statements in the papers. In any case one cannot understand why this urge after nearly 10 years. I think Mr Sanjay Bhatt should resign on principle and then make all these statement in court and also court politicians in the 'fight' against Modi. I congratulate Gujarat Government in arresting Bhatt and treating him as on ordinary accused.

from:  vish
Posted on: Oct 9, 2011 at 22:54 IST

As a member of muslim community, i am happy to see such just and daring officers who speak the truth in the face of a ruler. According to Islam, this is the greatest Jihad .ie. to speak against a king about his wrong doing. Muslims are convinced that Mr. Bhatt is speaking truth. Because, the genocide of muslims by RSS affiliates is a fact proved beyond any doubt. Without the ruling party's support, this cannot happen. I don't understand how some people claim that a chief minister cannot be ciriticized. Where is it said in the constitution? EVERYONE is below the law.

from:  Syed Shahul
Posted on: Oct 9, 2011 at 21:31 IST

A serving government official cannot criticise the Chief Minister openly and get away with such breach of discipline. No organisation can survive unless its members behave in a disciplined way. Will a Congress General Secretary who openly openly criticises Sonia Gandhi survive a day in that organisation? Media may not like Mr.Modi; but that is no excuse for applauding the indiscipline so clearly shown by IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Mr.Bhatt should first resign from government service and become an 'ordinary' citizen before he openly criticises the Chief Minister.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Oct 7, 2011 at 12:41 IST

I am coming from the same city, area and state from where Mrs Sweta Bhatt making all these dramatic statements about Narendra Modi and politicizing before Election. I have had seen more Gujarat Congress leaders visited her house in last 3 weeks then ever before. Does know what charges government is talking about? That is Pre-Modi, Modi was nothing/aam adami that time, Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt made crimes, and records are there. Regarding safety, one can ask any female, ladies including my mother, sisters, friends in Gujarat about their own safety all these years, fact is the most prosperous , secure and progressive states, and unfortunately congress leaders has got nothing to attract, voters to vote for them in Gujarat, and facts 2 times Mr. Modi won election why Media is not providing right, fair information all those who has got limited knowledge , understanding about Gujarat, its culture, its people like other states in India.

from:  sam
Posted on: Oct 7, 2011 at 08:21 IST

Those who wish Narendra Modi to be Prime Minister would do well to recognise the similarities between his behaviour - as illustrated by the brazen silencing of critics such as Sanjeev Bhatt - and that of Adolf Hitler. Like Hitler, Modi is a cunning and ruthless politician who plays the masses with his so-called efficiency and clean governance - but in the name of all this he is happy to condone mass murder and bully his critics into submission. There are IPS officers galore who get away with much worse than what Bhatt has been charged with; his arrest and the humiliation of his family are meant to cow him down into silence and neutralise him as a threat to Modi's ambitions; and are a signal to others in the police and bureaucracy at large to behave or else. If this can happen to a senior IPS officer then what hope is there for a poor citizen? Bhatt must be allowed to speak up and the independence of the IPS, so rarely seen, must be protected. Modi must be held to account.

from:  Ajay Singh
Posted on: Oct 7, 2011 at 02:38 IST
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