Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Gujarat EDN TOI 09AUG2011

Many Gujarat IPS Officers Likely To Face Legal Heat Soon

Ajay Umat | TNN

Ahmedabad: Quality manpower is a real cause of worry for Gujarat Police as investigations into the 2002 riots and post-riot encounter cases close in on nearly a dozen IPS officers of Gujarat. Legal events in the coming days do not augur well for serving and retired officials who toed the political line. If four IPS officers are already behind bars, some more are expected to come under fresh fire for acts of commission and omission.

With Supreme Court taking a stern view on fake encounters, cases like the killings of Sohrabuddin,Tulsiram Prajapati and Sadiq Jamal are likely to see some fresh action on the legal front shortly. IPS officials are also worried about getting entangled in the 9 riot cases that the apex court has taken up for special monitoring —first through a special investigations team (SIT) and then through an amicus curiae.

Security experts feel that with more IPS officers likely to be booked for culpable homicide and other crimes, this would further dent the morale of the police force which hasn't engaged in a single anti-terror encounter in the last five years. Senior police officials said already there were signs of distrust between IPS officers and their subordinates because nearly 16 lower ranking police personnel are also behind bars for having obeyed orders of their IPS bosses in fake encounter cases.

The Narendra Modi government is finding it difficult to identify good police officials to take up key postings, with at least half a dozen of them who are presently on deputation to the Centre refusing to come back to their parent state. Some others have proceeded on leave in order to escape a
Gujarat posting.

Several good IPS officers, who are serving in
Gujarat, are not on good terms with the political establishment because of the handling of riots and encounters. They have even gone hostile against their colleagues and are going all out to provide evidence against them. The removal of minister of state for home, Amit Shah, and the prohibition of his entry in Gujarat has only emboldened this camp.

ALREADY IN JAIL D G Vanzara Vipul Agrawal Rajkumar Pandian Abhay Chudasama IN THE LINE OF FIRE IN SERVICE

P P Pande P B Gondia Shivanand Jha G L Singhal Geetha Johri RETIRED M K Tandon O P Mathur P C Pande K R Kaushik


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