Ishrat encounter had Modi’s nod: 2 Guj cops to CBI
Ahmedabad: Two former police officers, who were with Ahmedabad crime branch at the time of the "fake" encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others, have told CBI that IPS officer D G Vanzara (now suspended) had told them that police had political nod for the operation.
The statements are a part of the charge sheet filed by CBI in the special court here on July 3. The charge sheet describes the encounter as fake.
D H Goswami, who retired as Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2011, told CBI that he had heard Rajinder Kumar, senior IB officer, telling Vanzara to speak to the Chief Minister Narendra Modi about it (planned encounter).
"On 13th June, 2004, between 7:30 PM-8 PM, I had gone with G L Singhal in his vehicle to Bungalow No. 15, Duffnala, Shahibaug office…,"says Goswami, who was then `reader' to Singhal.
"….Kumar, P P Pandey (then joint CP, Crime Branch) and Vanzara were present there (at Vanzara's chamber). These three seniors were discussing the details of the FIR of some encounter that they were planning," he further says.
"And I remember Rajinder Kumar telling Vanzara to speak to the Chief Minister about it and Vanzara saying he would talk to the `safed dadhi' and the `kali dadhi', the well-known monikers in the Crime Branch for the Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Minister of State (Home) Amit Shah," he told CBI.
"On June 14 at around 3 PM, when I was in my office at Gaekwad Haveli, I was asked by Singhal to accompany him to meet D G Vanzara….When both of us reached there and met Vanzara in his chamber, he had shown a complaint written in his handwriting to Singhal. I had also seen it cursorily. It mentioned the killing of some persons of Lashkar-e-Toiba who had come to Ahmedabad with designs of killing the Chief Minister."