Ahmedabad: Suspended Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara, one of the accused in Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Tulsiram Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter cases, resigned from the police force on Tuesday after blaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for not helping him and other officer facing the heat in the cases. Vanzara was under suspension after his arrest by the state police in 2007.
In a 10-page letter he said, "I have been silent as I adore Modi like a god, but my god could not rise to the occasion under evil influence of Amit Shah."
He also said, "I have a moral justification to exposde real culprits behind the encounter cases. Officers, Crime Branch officers, Anti-Terrorism Squad and Border Range during 2002-2007 simply acted and performed their duties in compliance of the conscious policy of this government."
He added, "I along with my officers stood beside the state government like a Bulwark whenever it faced existential crisis in the past. It was expected of the government to reciprocate and stand firmly with us with a similar vigour and determination which to my utter shock and surprise did not happen.
He said the state government is trying to keep officers in jail to save itself. "When Amit Shah was arrested, the best of legal aid was given to him in the name of Ram Jethmalani who fought Amit Shah from the CBI court to Supreme Court. The state government never provided any legal support, leave apart lip service to us or our family."
Vanzara was arrested by CBI following his transfer to Sabarmati Central jail in Ahmedabad from Mumbai. He was in Mumbai jail as accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter killing case of 2005. He is also accused in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter killing case.
Vanzara, as per CBI complaint, had led a team of Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, which was involved in the killing of Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, two alleged Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of the city.
He is the seventh Gujarat police officer and second IPS officer who has been arrested in the case by CBI. Earlier, the central probe agency had arrested IPS officer GL Singhal, Tarun Barot, JG Parmar, NK Amin, Bharat Patel and Anaju Chaudhary.
(With additional inputs from PTI)