Ahmedabad: One of Gujarat's most senior policemen, DG Vanzara, who has been in jail since 2007 for a series of fake encounters ,today said that officers like him were exploited by former Home Minister Amit Shah and the Gujarat government and later thrown to the wolves. In a long letter in which he says he is resigning, the former officer reprimanded Chief Minister Narendra Modi who he says he "adored like a God", for being misled by Mr Shah's "evil influence."
The letter, dated September 1, alleges that the Gujarat government and Mr Shah were aware of the actions of senior police officers like him, who are accused of killing people like college student Ishrat Jahan, and petty criminals Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati. (Read: 10 quotes from Gujarat cop DG Vanzara's letter bomb)
The former cop maintains these were terrorists determined to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others on behalf of Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. He describes jailed officers like him as "loyal soldiers of this government who fought incessant war against Pakistan-inspired terrorism." While the government has fought to protect Mr Shah, he claims, police officers like him have been abandoned despite the fact that their actions allowed the government to project itself as a brave and alert foil to terrorism. (Read Mr Vanzara's letter)
He urges that Mr Modi, "In the hurry of marching to Delhi, may kindly not forget the debt he owes to jailed police officers who endowed him with the halo of Brave Chief Minister."
The letter gongs down a new war between two Modi loyalists - the senior police officer and Mr Shah, who remains close to the Gujarat Chief Minister, and is charged with the murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulisram Prajapati. The CBI has so far not made him an accused in the killing of Ishrat Jahan.
The politically incendiary letter comes a day after a freelance journalist submitted hidden camera footage to the Supreme Court which allegedly shows top BJP leaders discussing plans to subvert an investigation in a fake encounter to protect Mr Shah. The BJP has attacked the credibility of the journalist and denounced his allegations.