Gujarat govt rejects suspended IPS officer Vanzara's resignation

The Gujarat government on Wednesday refused to accept the resignation of suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara saying he was an accused in many encounter cases.

FP Staff September 04, 2013 12:30:01 IST
Gujarat govt rejects suspended IPS officer Vanzara's resignation

The Gujarat state government on Wednesday refused to accept the resignation of suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara saying he was an accused in many encounter cases.

Vanzara had sent in his resignation on 1 September, alleging that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been shielding his close aide Amit Shah at the cost of police officers.

In a 10-page letter, the suspended IPS officer said “I have been maintaining graceful silence for such a long period because of my supreme faith and respect for Narendra Modi whom I adore like God. But I am sorry to state that my God could not rise to the occasion under the evil influence of Shri Amitbhai Shah who usurped his eyes and ears…”

Gujarat govt rejects suspended IPS officer Vanzaras resignation

Suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara. AFP

He further claimed that the Gujarat government had adopted a zero tolerance policy towards terror activities that were fanned by the communal riots of 2002 and had prevented Gujarat from “becoming another Kashmir”.

He also said that while he earlier got calls from ‘bigwigs’ in Gandhinagar, they had ignored him after his arrest and hadn’t offered any help to any of the arrested police officials. You can read the full letter here.

Meanwhile, the BJP has come out in defence of Narendra Modi saying Vanzara was 'frustrated' as he was in jail for too long.

"He might have spoken out of agony and frustration because he was in jail for years. If anyone has to be blamed it’s the central government and the CBI. This investigation is conducted not by the state government but by the CBI, and we know how the CBI functions," senior leader Venkaiah Naidu had said.

The Congress, though, is not letting the opportunity slip and has demanded that Modi resign until an investigation is conducted. Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said a CBI inquiry should be ordered into the allegations made by Vanzara. "It seems like Modi is functioning like a dictator in Gujarat. Every day something new is coming out against him. Modi should resign. There should be a CBI investigation into the entire thing."

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