'Encounter cop' DG Vanzara gets hero's welcome in Gujarat; vows to work for development
Ahmedabad, April 9: DG Vanzara, the 1987-batch IPS officer who was arrested in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case in 2007, returned home on Friday amid a rousing welcome. He was also arrested as an accused in Tulsiram Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter cases and spent eight of the nine years in prisons in Ahmedabad and Munbai.
Vanzara, who retired in 2014, reached here from Mumbai around 9.15 am on Friday and was given a hero's welcome by several supporters at the airport. They were chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and waved the Tricolour as Vanzara arrived. He was then taken to Gandhinagar for a public reception. Vanzara was also seen dancing at the even with a sword in his hand.
The former IPS officer was felicitated by representatives of Hindu outfits like the RSS and VHP and sects and ashrams.
WATCH: Former Gujarat DIG DG Vanzara dances at a function in Ahmedabad after court permitted him to enter statehttps://t.co/bpJV9KuJih— ANI (@ANI_news) April 8, 2016
Gujaratis have no remorse for 2002 and celebrate killers like DG Vanzara. Shame on them. An entire state dominated by Hindutva bigots.— Abdul M Chowdhary (@abdulmc) April 9, 2016
@VanzaraDg Europe in need of strong and determined police officers like DG Vanzara Sahib to crush the Cancer of terrorism— Suresh mahadev (@suresh_mahadev) March 22, 2016
DG vanzara ..— Hitesh (@Hitesh8229) April 9, 2016
Sir, I am truly proud of you. Because of you only, We got a great PM like Modiji,
Despite best efforts by Cong to kill him.
On his part, Vanzara slammed politicians and said the "deshdrohi" politicians made police officers who were taking the right path languish in jails. He said Gujarat would have become another Kashmir had the police not taken the action they did. Vanzara, whose bail conditions in the encounter cases were modified to allow him to return to Gujarat, also said he was overwhelmed by the reception.
He also said that he was entering a public life from Friday itself. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said soon after becoming the PM that a public movement is required for development and he would take that initiative.
DG Vanzara was also trending on Twitter as several posted in his support. While there were also a few posts mocking the celebration over his return.