Gujarat govt withdraws Sanjiv Bhatt’s security

Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 15:30

Zeenews Bureau

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has withdrawn the security cover provided to IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who, in his affidavit in the Supreme Court had alleged that CM Narendra Modi turned a blind eye to the massacre of Muslims during post-Godhara riots, reports claimed Friday.

Bhatt got a letter in this regard from the Gujarat Director General of Police, informing him that his security is being withdrawn.

"Yesterday, the DGP issued orders asking all the five constables from the SRPTC deployed with us as a makeshift security arrangement for me and my family, to report back to Junagadh," Bhatt, who is currently on leave, told agency.
He said that this is the second such order asking for withdrawal of the security for him and his family, despite he being recommended Y-category security by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB).

Earlier this month, ADGP (training) had ordered that the five men and the vehicle deployed with Bhatt be sent back to Junagadh, where he is posted as principal, State Reserve Police Training Centre (SRPTC).

"In first week of March after the Tehelka story (on my statement), there was an assessment done on the threat to me and my family by the SIB and then later by the Ahmedabad police commissioner. Both have recommended at least Y-category security cover for me and my family," Bhatt said.

An agitated Bhatt replied to the DGP’s letter and also send the copies of his reply to the Nanavati Commission and Supreme Court.

It should be noted that Bhatt had earlier expressed concern over his security in an affidavit in the Supreme Court and had sought its direction to the state government to provide him adequate security cover.
Bhatt had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court in connection with the Zakia Jaffery case alleging complicity on part of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 communal clashes.

Bhatt stated in his affidavit that the Chief Minister in the meeting held on February 27, 2002 expressed that "Hindus be allowed to vent out their anger".

Bhatt, a 1988 batch IPS officer was posted as DCP at the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the 2002 riots. He is presently posted as the principal of the State Reserve Police (SRP) training centre in Junagadh district.

First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 15:30

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