Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) has been fighting a relentless legal battle to expose and book the culprits of the four fake encounters, namely Javed-Ishrat, Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Sadik Jamal and Tulsiram Prajapati. JSM has always held that all the encounters between 2002 and 2007 were not only fake but were carried out under the instructions of Government of Gujarat. The reasons given by DG Vanzara for his resignation from the Gujarat Police would perhaps be more applicable for the Chief Minister to resign from his office. If the CM has any conscience left in him, he should resign and dissolve the present assembly or else it would be theConstitutional duty of the President of India to dismiss the Government under Article 356 of the Constitution and impose President’s Rule. The Constitution of India has no other provision to deal with such a Government which has resorted to murders under the guise of ‘encounters’ as now confessed by the main architect of all the encounters – DG Vanzara.
The impact of the fake encounters between 2002 and 2007 on the Muslim Community was perhaps more disastrous than the impact of the 2002 riots. For five long years, the Muslims in Gujarat were under the constant fear as to who would be the next ‘terrorist’ that would be shot and killed. The community with every encounter was getting branded more and more as Jehadis. It is pertinent to once again recall that the 2007 Gujarat Elections was won primarily on the slogan ‘Mat Ka Saudagar’ as a counter to Sonia’s slogan of ‘Maut ka Saudagar’. It was Narendra Modi who had gone to the public asking the question as to what was to be done with people like Sohrabuddin and he got a thunderous response that such people should be killed. Mr Vanzara in his letter of resignation has specifically referred to the political advantage Modi has gained from these fake encounters and the halo that he has acquired.
The specific words of Vanzara in his resignation letter tells the whole story:
Gujarat CID/Union CBI had arrested me and my officers in different encounter cases holding us to be responsible for carrying out alleged fake encounters, if that is true, then the CBI Investigating officers of all the four encounter cases of Sohrabuddin, Tulsiram, Sadik Jamal and Ishrat Jahan have to arrest the policy formulators also as we, being field officers, have simply implemented the conscious policy of this Government which was inspiring, guiding and monitoring our actions from the very close quarters. By this reasoning, I am of the firm opinion that place of this Government, instead of being in Gandhinagar, should either be in Taloja Central Prison at Navi Mumbai or in Sabarmati Central Prison at Ahmedabad.
The content of the resignation letter of Vanzara is not necessarily the whole truth. It is a bitter admission of a frustrated police officer who was in conspiracy with the Home Minister Amit Shah as well as the Chief Minister Modi in all the killings and therefore his letter repeatedly harps on only one thing – that he and his fellow jailed police officers feel betrayed for not getting the support of the Government.
Jan Sangharsh Manch feels that the resignation letter of Vanzara does not express any remorse whatsoever for the killing of the innocent people but still continues to project these encounters as their duty towards the nation. They never thought that they would get caught and would have to languish in the jail for the rest of their lives. When the Sohrabuddin case was shifted to Maharashtra, the shift from Sabarmati Jail took away the royal treatment that they were getting. So it’s not a change of heart on part of DG Vanzara and police officers of his rank deserve no sympathy. Mr Vanzara has only succeeded in exposing not only himself but also Modi and his Government which unfortunately CBI could not do.
It is now for the Central Government to act if they still have some potency left in them. Declare President’s Rule and Arrest Modi.