Monday, December 3, 2012

Fake encounters part of govt’s plan: Sreekumar

Gujarat EDN
TOI 06SEP2012

Ahmedabad: Former DGP R B Sreekumar has dashed off a letter to Justice H S Bedi, who heads the special task force (STF) that is probing 17 cases of encounters in Gujarat on Supreme Court orders.
    Former state intelligence bureau (SIB) chief Sreekumar said that staging encounters and then dubbing it as liquidating Jehadis out to kill saffron brigade’s leaders was a plan chalked out by the state government itself and various high-level officials were involved in the design, including the then chief secretary Subbarao.
    Sreekumar has told the retired SC judge that D G Vanzara staged an arms recovery before Jagganath Rath Yatra in 2002. The retired cop has claimed that the weapons were made and procured for this purpose from a factory near Vadgam in Banaskantha. Being head of SIB, he even reported this incident and demanded an inquiry in this case.
    The government, however, went against him for exposing Vanzara. Sreekumar said in this letter, “In case the state government had acted upon my report about fake recovery of firearms in the month of September 2002, the officials like Vanzara would not have ventured into commission of alleged fake encounters. Perhaps, my report about fake recovery of firearms was the only document about misadventures of Ahmedabad crime branch officers.”
    He has also said in his letter that chief minister Narendra Modi and higher officials often gave illegal instructions, which he recorded in his diary.
    Sreekumar has said further that fake encounters were planned and perpetrated in pursuance of a covert agenda of state government. This plan was implemented by officers that enjoyed extra-hierarchical accessibility and proximity to political leaders. He also accused crime branch officials of being communal and biased against 2002 riots victims.