D G Vanzara: From a farmer's scholarly son to a jailed encounter cop

Dahyaji Gobarji VanzaraConvocation at Sabarmati jail. Vanzara and Ahmedabad blast accused Sajid Mansoori congratulate each other for degrees. express archive

His mother named him Dahya, meaning simple. Dahyaji Gobarji Vanzara, 59, did have a simple upbringing as a tribal farmer's son in the northern Gujarat village of Ilol before going on to become an ambitious police officer who would eventually be arrested for encounters he allegedly staged. Vanzara's letter bomb: Modi was my god

His father, Gobarji, was keen on educating his three sons. Of the other two, Kaluji Vanzara is a promotee IAS officer and now director of cast welfare, a post equivalent in rank to that of a joint secretary, in Gujarat's social justice department, while Vanrajsinh Vanzara is deputy secretary (health).

Village remembers his days hard and easy

Dahyaji's son Pruthvisinh, asked who his father's best friend was, says, it was Narendra Modi. "The way Modi knows him, no one does. Papa and Modi were friends since both began their careers." CBI to examine jailed cop Vanzara's resignation letter for fresh leads

In his resignation letter from jail last week, Vanzara accused the government of ditching jailed police officers after they had performed in accordance with its policy. Express column: The encounter cop, a broken omerta

The student

"My father's motivation was my grandfather, who kept coaxing his sons to study," says Pruthvisinh. "My father used to study late into the night under the light of kerosene lamps."

Dahyaji Vanzara went to the village's only government school before completing high school from Himmatnagar town. He was deeply interested in literature, writing poems while a BA and then an LLB student Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara. He was also a sportsman, winning medals in athletics, as well as a horse rider, a passion he shares with his wife.

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