CBI wanted to arrest Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, says former DIG Vanzara, accused of Ishrat encounter

DG Vanzara

The Hush Post: CBI wanted to arrest Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, who were the Chief Minister and Home Minister of Gujarat in the Ishrat Jahan fake shootout case. This revelation was made by Gujarat’s former Deputy Inspector General of Police DG Vanzara on Tuesday in a special court.

Arguing for Vanzara in a discharge petition filed in the CBI court, his counsel VD Gajjar said that though the CBI had wanted to arrest Modi and Shah, “fortunately” it did not happen.

Vanzara, who is himself out on bail, had earlier submitted in the court that Modi was secretly questioned by the case Investigating Officer when he was the CM. The CBI had said that there was no sufficient material to proceed against Amit Shah.

In June 2004, Mumbai girl 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan, her friend Javed alias Pranesh, and Pakistani nationals Zeeshan Johar and Amzad Ali Rana were gunned down by a team of Vanzara’s men in a gun battle in the periphery of Ahmedabad.

Ishrat Jahan and her friends were dubbed as terrorists who were out on a mission to kill then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Later, CBI investigations said that the shootout was fake.

In his 2013 letter of resignation, Vanzara has stated: “The CID/CBI arrested my officers and me holding us responsible for carrying out allegedly fake encounters. If that is true, then the CBI investigating officers for all four cases have to arrest the policy formulators too as we, being field officers, have simply implemented the policy of this government, which was inspiring, guiding and monitoring our actions from very close quarters.”

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