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Oct 09, 2011 at 06:29pm IST

Gujarat DGP plays down support for Sanjeev Bhatt

Ahmedabad: A day after Gujarat's senior-most police officers came out in open support of anti-Modi IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, the State police chief is trying to play down the move.

Gujarat DGP Chitaranjan Singh said, "The association has done it. That's all I can say.If some officer has done something wrong, the courts will look into it. The courts are looking into it. If the family needs something, it is our duty."

Thirty five members of the IPS Officers' Association resolved to support Bhatt's family. Many are calling it the first such act of defiance in Narendra Modi's 10-year-long regime.

More and more cops have now openly expressed support for Bhatt, who took on Modi over his alleged role in the 2002 riots. Retired Gujarat police chief RB Sreekumar, who was also allegedly victimised for taking an anti-Modi stand, said this is a significant change.

Sreekumar said, "This act of the IPS officers will act as a deterrence against such actions in future."

Senior cops who have fought legal battles against the Gujarat government in the past haven't seen this kind of support and Bhatt's bail application is likely to be decided on Monday.

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