Suspended Gujarat IPS officer Vanzara quits, says Amit Shah misguiding Narendra Modi
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Accusing the Narendra Modi government of failing to protect its "loyal soldiers" who had acted under its "direct instructions", suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, facing charges of conspiracy and murder in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Tulsiram Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases, has resigned from service. Vanzara has been lodged in jail since his arrest in April 2007.
In a 10-page resignation letter dated September 1 and addressed to the additional chief secretary (home), Vanzara has accused the state government, particularly former minister of state for home Amit Shah, of betraying him and 31 other police officials arrested in encounter cases being probed by the CBI.
Stating that after the Godhra riots, the Gujarat government had adopted a "proactive policy of zero tolerance for terrorism", the letter said, "I would like to categorically state in the most unequivocal words that the officers and men of Crime Branch, ATS and Border Range, during the period between 2002 to 2007, simply acted and performed their duty in compliance of the conscious policy of this government."
Although the Gujarat government termed his letter as "inconsequential", Vanzara, in a veiled threat, said, "Mutual protection and reciprocal assistance is the unwritten law between police and government in such cases. As the government has miserably failed in protecting its encounter police, there remains no one-sided obligation on my part to protect the traitors sitting in this government."
He said the "government has been reaping very rich political dividends since last 12 years by keeping the glow of encounter cases alive in the sky of Gujarat while otherwise remaining... indifferent to the fate of jailed police officers."