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Nandini Oza
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Vanzara ready for second innings

PTI4_8_2016_000168B Former Gujarat cop D G Vanzara with wife Gauriben at Sardar Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad | PTI

Former DGP D.G. Vanzara, an accused in Ishrat Jehan fake encounter case, said on Friday that he was ready for the second innings and warned that he would make run “traitors” whom he has come across.

The sixty-two-year-old encounter specialist, who was accorded a grand public reception at the Ahmedabad International Airport and at Gandhinagar Town Hall, said that he was a fielder earlier and now it's his turn to bat.

Vanzara was behind the bars for eight years and in exile for one year away in Mumbai.

He said that the Gujarat police had passed through a test and that the heroes are always tested like the Pandavas in the Mahabharata.

Saying that it was easy to save the country from terrorism rather than from “traitor politicians”, Vanzara justified the encounters claiming that those were genuine. He said that the encounters were based on the inputs of the Intellegence Bureau and that right from those in New Delhi to Gujarat, everybody knew the details.

“I am retired but not tired,” he said, adding that his real innings had begun today. He announced that he would get active in the issues of Gujarat. That the Central and state government can bring about changes is only half truth, he said, adding that there was a need for an agitation for development even in Gujarat as development knows no limits.

Talking to media persons after the function, Vanzara was cautious in his replies and said that they would get to know whether he would join a political party or not. “In our culture, nationalism comes above politics,” he said. Asked which party fitted into his definition of nationalism, the former top cop said that this was not the right place to analyze this.

Asked if the people were seeing next chief minister in him, especially in the way he was talking, Vanzara said that he need not become a chief minister. I was already CM – common man.

Reminded that from the jail he had written two letters in which he had lashed out at Amit Shah, who is now the national president of the BJP, Vanzara said that the letters were there but the context has changed. “I live in the present,” he said.

In the letter, Vanzara had specifically mentioned that he and others had worked on the instructions of the state government. Today he said that the state government had taken the benefit of the encounter and that every government would do so.

An IPS officer of 1987 batch, Vanzara said that had he gone to the jail a month or two later than when he went, he would have been promoted as IG. “There have been judgments which say that promotions can still be given,” he said, hoping that he would get it as well. “It will be a hard earned promotion. I am hopeful of getting it,” he said.

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