Sreekumar tells STF to probe revelations made by Vanzara

Retired director general of police R B Sreekumar has written to the Supreme Court-appointed Justice H S Bedi's special task force, urging for a probe into the revelations made by suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara in his resignation letter.

Vanzara has blamed former Home minister Amit Shah for the plight of 32 police officers who are in jail in connection with various fake encounter cases. The STF is investigating 16 such cases in the state.

Sreekumar, who has marked a copy of the letter to the CBI director, has added that the repeated 'breach of trust' alleged by Vanzara in his resignation letter prompts a probe into what the "trust" actually was between Narendra Modi-led state government and Vanzara.

Sreekumar's letter says, "Vanzara has written that he and his officers are 'loyal soldiers of this (Gujarat) government... (who) fought incessant war against Pakistan inspired terrorism'. Vanzara should be asked to provide data on specific actions, operations, and projects launched by his team as part of counter-terrorist campaigns and the net result of multifarious police endeavors against terrorism." Sreekumar adds that Vanzara should be asked whether these 'operations' were carried out as per the procedure of law?

According to the letter, Vanzara claimed, he felt betrayed that the state government did not help jailed police officers. What kind of help was the government supposed to offer and didn't Vanzara know that such an act by persons or administration would be treated as punishable under the Indian Penal Code, Sreekumar has asked in his letter.

He has raised some pertinent questions regarding Shah. "The CBI and STF must probe what were the political intrigues, machinations and manoeuvrings of Shah in Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram encounter cases for getting the trials transferred out of Gujarat? What are the specific acts of Shah in completely mismanaging a sensitive department like police and what are the instances where Shah has played the divide and rule politics to use Gujarat Police officers and then throw them?"

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