In Sabarmati jail, CBI interrogates Vanzara for further leads into 'fake' encounters

SConvocation at Sabarmati jail. Vanzara and Ahmedabad blast accused Sajid Mansoori congratulate each other for degrees (Express archive)

In what may spell fresh trouble for BJP general secretary Amit Shah, the CBI on Friday questioned jailed suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara who accused the former Gujarat minister of ditching police officers who followed the state government's "conscious policy".

Vanzara, who is lodged in Sabarmati jail after CBI named him as main accused in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, was quizzed about the contents of his resignation letter in which he has also faulted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Vanzara (59), an officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police sent his resignation letter on September 1. In his letter, he expressed bitterness over the way the Modi government had failed to stand by him and other officers who implemented the government's "conscious policy" of "eliminating terrorism".

A 1987-batch IPS officer, he had said "this government, through the dirty tactics of Amitbhai Shah, is unfortunately managing only for its own self so as to swim and continue to prosper in all directions, while ditching the police officers so as to sink and allow them to die unnatural deaths by drowning.

"By adopting such a suicidal path, this government, I am sure, is doing nothing else but is hastening and facilitating its own death by drowning."

The CBI questioned him about the "tactics", as alleged by him in his resignation letter, used by Shah when he was the Minister of State for Home, agency sources said.

Shah, a close aide of Modi, was arrested on July 25, 2010 in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin case and released on bail on October 29 the same year.

The IPS officer was then considered to be close to Modi. In particular, his letter accuses former Minister of State (Home) Amit Shah of betraying him and 32 other officers who are now in jail in connection with various encounter cases from Gujarat that CBI is probing.

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