In Sabarmati jail for fake encounters,Vanzara turns Guru Cool

Both “Iron Man” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and “Iron Lady” Indira Gandhi were “direct descendants of Chanakya”,former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was “Ajatshatru” with no enemies,Nehru was innocent.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Published: March 13, 2012 4:03:28 am

Both “Iron Man” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and “Iron Lady” Indira Gandhi were “direct descendants of Chanakya”,former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was “Ajatshatru” with no enemies,Nehru was innocent.

These gems of political wisdom are from D G Vanzara,the police officer who has been cooling his heels in the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad for five years now as a key accused in the fake encounter killings of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi.

If these were not enough,here are some more.

And this one transcends national boundaries. Rawalpindi must be freed from Pakistan and the Chinese must be shown their place,says Vanzara in his third book written during his long sojourn in jail,Ran Tankar (Battle Cry),a collection of 128 poems which was released on Saturday by former DGP Shabbir Khandwawala.

Of all our national figures,it seems Vanzara fancies Sardar Patel the most. “Today,on October 31,2011,in Sardar Yard’s kholi no-1 at Sabarmati Central Jail,I completed four years,six months and seven days. During these years in jail,two of my books,Vijaypath and Sinh Garjna were published,” writes the suspended DIG in the preface of his latest book,Ran Tankar.

According to the former encounter specialist,“after Chanakya,if anyone has contributed in protecting the geographical entity of this country,it is Patel and Gandhi”.

During his five-year stay in jail,Vanzara has earned a PG diploma from the distance education wing of Annamalai University in spiritual education,never mind his “battle cry” against Pakistan and China,and has written three books,all mainly collections of 400-odd poems.

Once he is done with his sermons of India’s many unfinished battles — at one point in the book,he says the last war remains to be fought — Vanzara turns personal.

And this is when the tinge of sadness and his loneliness is unmistakable. “Even before my arrest,I was taken for a criminal. After I was arrested,a one-sided war was started against me and the co-accused. Today,people refuse to meet me even in private,let alone in public.”

His life in the jail,along with its mice and squirrels and squalor,also finds more than a passing mention in the book.

The only thing the book does not say is the enemy the encounter cop’s battle cry is directed at.

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