Gujarat's `encounter cop' Vanzara to retire in jail tomorrow

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Gujarat's `encounter cop' Vanzara to retire in jail tomorrow
Ahmedabad, May 30: IPS officer D G Vanzara, who is behind the bars in connection with fake encounter cases, will retire tomorrow. After serving for 34 years, the suspended officer who is in jail for the last seven years will retire.

He is lodged in Sabarmati Central Prison here. "We are aware that he is retiring on May 31. However, there is no farewell program for him on his last day of service," said a senior prison official. Vanzara, 59, has been in jail ever since he was arrested by the state CID in March 2007 in connection with the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

When he was arrested, Vanzara was serving as Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Border Range. Later, he was also made the accused in the cases related to fake encounters of Ishrat Jahan, Tulsiram Prajapati, Sadik Jamal and others.

Recently, when some of his junior officers including Abhay Chudasama and Rajkumar Pandian were granted bail by the court, Vanzara too sought release. However, CBI opposed his plea in the Mumbai court, which denied him bail. Vanzara joined the police force as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1980 and was promoted as an IPS officer in 1987.

He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad Crime Branch and was later promoted as DIG. He has worked as DIG, Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Ahmedabad. In May 2013, Vanzara resigned from the service and sent a letter to the Director General of Police in which he blamed former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah for making him and other police officials "scapegoats" in fake encounter cases.

In the letter, Vanzara termed Narendra Modi, then the Chief Minister, as his `God', who was working under Shah's "influence". 


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