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Suspended IPS officer claims he is getting only 1 PSO

Alleging that he is not being provided with adequate security,suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt wrote another letter to the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner.

Alleging that he is not being provided with adequate security,suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt wrote another letter to the Ahmedabad Police Commissioner on Saturday,stating that he has been provided with only one PSO and not two as promised by the police chief. This letter follows his letter to the State Home Department a day earlier,requesting reinstatement of his security cover.

In the letter to Ahmedabad CP Shivanand Jha,Bhatt wrote that he has been given only one personal security officer (PSO) and not two PSOs as claimed by the CP in a press release sent to the media on Friday.

Jha had sent out a note on November 8,stating that after analysis and assessment of Bhatt’s security,the State Home Department committee that assesses security provided to officers had decided that Bhatt’s security be scaled down to two PSOs.

Since 2011,Bhatt was provided with four PSOs from the city police headquarters,after he filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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In his letter to the CP,Bhatt had claimed that his family is being completely deprived of security if he is provided with only one PSO,because the PSO would be around with him at all times.

A day earlier,Bhatt wrote an elaborate letter to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S K Nanda,stating that in addition to the meagre security cover he had,the scaling down is an attempt to jeopardize his security and the safety of his family.

He said that he and his family is under continuous threat and the threat has increased manifold after he testified against the CM.

He added that he had on several occasions requested that he be given a bullet proof car and an escort vehicle because he had to appear before several courts and agencies probing the 2002 riots cases in Ahmedabad,Jamnagar and Gandhinagar.

The state government has,however,filed a report with the Ministry of Home Affairs in June 2013 to dismiss Bhatt from the Indian Police Services. The state government had cited reasons of his unauthorized absence from duty,non-appearance before a departmental panel and alleged misuse of official vehicles,when he was posted as the principal of the State Reserve Police Force training school in Junagadh for his dismissal.

Bhatt was arrested in a case of filing false affidavit against amicus curiae Raju Ramcahndran,where he was alleged to have threatened police constable K D Panth to testify his presence in the February 2002 meeting. Bhatt’s wife Shweta had contested the election against Modi last year,but lost.