In an unexpected development which is set to create trouble for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his trusted aide Amit Shah in the near future, jailed Gujarat police officer D G Vanzara, who is named as an accused in the much-publicized Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, today tendered his resignation.
The IPS officer, who was believed to be close to both Modi and Shah, has informed about his decision to the Home department of Gujarat in a 10-page letter in which he has also alleged that the Gujarat government did nothing to save him though he followed the orders given by the government only. He blamed the state government for his ordeal and his incarceration.
Sources closed to the disgraced officer said that he has been tense over the kind of attitude showed by the political leaders of the state and his seniors towards him.
Experts maintain that Vanzara's resignation would provide Congress an opportunity to target Modi and Shah ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It could also prove disastrous for Modi's elevation as the prime ministerial candidate for the forthcoming polls.
In the letter, Vanzara expressed sadness over the fact that he was kept under the jail only for serving the country. He remarked that he spent his life trying to safeguard the country from criminal elements and it was frustrating for him to remain behind bars after sacrificing so much for the country.
Taking a dig at the Gujarat government, Vanzara wrote that the state government was basking in the glory of encounter deaths but it was policemen like him who deserve credit for all this.
He alleged the government of allowing the CBI to arrest the police officers and use all its resources to save Amit Shah from the CBI. It is to be noted that Shah was the Minister of State for Home Affairs at the time of the alleged encounter.