Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have not been the PM had terrorists been not killed in Gujarat. This sensational claim was made by retired IPS officer D G Vanzara, a key accused in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. He also announced that he would be contesting the Gujarat Assembly polls.
Vanzara held a road show on the occassion of the On 10th year of his arrest on the charges of extra-judicial killing, Vnzara held a road show.
“No encounter in Gujarat was fake and in each encounter terrorists, who had come to kill politicians and destroy the state’s peace and prosperity, were killed,” said the former head of Gujarat ATS while addressing a gathering that included seers, VHP members and heads of several Hindu outfits.
He then went on to say that the it was due to the encounters that india has got a strong PM in Narendra Modi. "Former Punjab CM Beant Singh was killed by terrorists in his own state. So were former PMs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Even former Pakistani PM, Benazir Bhutto, was shot dead in Pakistan by the Taliban. Then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was on the hit list of terrorists. If encounters had not taken place in Gujarat post 2002 communal riots within the legal framework, the nation would not have got a competent PM like Narendra Modi," Vanzara was quoted as saying by Indian Express and Times of India.
The retired IPS then hit out at a famous personality, but did name anyone. He said that when he was in jail “ek mahatva ke vyakti ne rubaru milna toh door phone pe baat karne se bhi mana kar diya (a person of importance had even refused to talk over phone).”
In a bid win to trust of the police fraternity, he claimed that soon after his arrest, many other police officers were arrested. “Attempts were made to destroy us legally, politically and economically, but I remained silent. Keeping silence is also bravery,” Vanzara added said.
Returning to public life after 9 years, he has held 56 rallies and visited 32 districts.
He was arrested in 2007 by a Gujarat CID (Crime) team, and was behind bars for eight years. In September 2014, he got bail in the Sohrabuddin case by the Bombay High Court, and in February 2015, he walked out of jail after a CBI Special Court allowed his bail plea in the Ishrat case. Barred from visiting Gujarat, he remained in Mumbai for a year. However, his bail conditions were modified last year and then he returned home.