Accusing the Narendra Modi government of failing to protect its loyal soldiers who had acted under its direct instructions,suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara,facing charges of conspiracy and murder in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh,Tulsiram Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases,has resigned from service. Vanzara has been lodged in jail since his arrest in April 2007.
In a 10-page resignation letter dated September 1 and addressed to the additional chief secretary (home),Vanzara has accused the state government,particularly former minister of state for home Amit Shah,of betraying him and 31 other police officials arrested in encounter cases being probed by the CBI.
Stating that after the Godhra riots,the Gujarat government had adopted a proactive policy of zero tolerance for terrorism,the letter said,I would like to categorically state in the most unequivocal words that the officers and men of Crime Branch,ATS and Border Range,during the period between 2002 to 2007,simply acted and performed their duty in compliance of the conscious policy of this government.
Although the Gujarat government termed his letter as inconsequential,Vanzara,in a veiled threat,said,Mutual protection and reciprocal assistance is the unwritten law between police and government in such cases. As the government has miserably failed in protecting its encounter police,there remains no one-sided obligation on my part to protect the traitors sitting in this government.
He said the government has been reaping very rich political dividends since last 12 years by keeping the glow of encounter cases alive in the sky of Gujarat while otherwise remaining… indifferent to the fate of jailed police officers.
Stating that he had remained silent so far because of his supreme faith in and highest respect for Chief Minister Narendra Modi who he used to adore like God,Vanzara said,I am sorry to state that my God could not rise to the occasion under the evil influence of Amit 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. His unholy grip over the state administration is so complete that he is almost running the government of Gujarat by proxy.
Stating that the Supreme Courts order to transfer the Sohrabuddin trial to Mumbai was like a skylab falling,Vanzara alleged that Shahs machinations and manouverings were behind this and the merging of the Sohrabuddin and Prajapati cases.
Vanzaras letter comes just a week after another police officer accused in an encounter case,Abhay Chudasama,was shifted to Mumbais Taloja Jail.
Gujarat CID and CBI arrested me and my officers in different encounter cases,holding us to be responsible for carrying out alleged fake encounters. If that is true,the CBI investigating officers… 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, said the letter.
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, he said.
Chief Minister of Gujarat has very rightly been talking of repaying his debt to Mother India. But,it would not be out of context to remind him that he,in the hurry to march to Delhi,may kindly not forget to repay the debt which he owes to jailed police officers who endowed him with the halo of brave chief minister, said the letter.
Vanzara accused the state government of clandestinely making all efforts to keep me and my officers in jail so as to save its own skin from CBI on the one hand and gain political benefits on the other.
When contacted,Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S K Nanda said,His resignation holds no value for us… Under the civil services rules,he cannot resign while he is under suspension.
A senior CBI officer associated with the encounter cases said,He is chargesheeted in three major encounter cases where his role has been probed and proved. This (resignation) will not have any impact on the cases.
Recently,the government had upgraded the annual confidential report of IPS officer Rajnish Rai,who had arrested Vanzara and other two IPS officers in the Sohrabuddin case.