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Centre asks Modi govt to ensure Bhatt’s security

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:30

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In a move that will surely lead to another Congress-BJP spat, the Home Ministry on Tuesday decided to take up the matter of suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who is currently lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Gujarat.

A day after Bhatt’s wife Shweta wrote a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram stating that he apprehends danger to his life from a "vindictive administration", the Union Home Ministry wrote to the Gujarat government asking it to ensure adequate security to the jailed IPS officer and his family.

According to highly placed sources, the Centre has also decided to conduct an independent assessment of threat perception to Bhatt and his family.

In her letter, Shweta had written, "Sanjiv has strong apprehension of being physically ill-treated and danger to his life. We are in potential danger from a vindictive administration."

"My husband has been victimised and arrested merely because a few politicians apprehended serious action against them because of the evidence Sanjiv is likely to give in the pending criminal cases," Shweta further said in the letter.

"I want the Central government to ensure safety of my husband and his dignity should also be restored," she told reporters after writing the letter.

"All that my husband has done (that has upset the state administration) is that he has done his duty as he is an officer of Indian Police Service" she said.

First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:30

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