Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Gujarat 'encounter cop' Vanzara beaten up in jail by sub-ordinate

Not many high-profile offenders have to pay for their misdeeds in this country, as they mostly manage to get away due to their connections and money.

Else, the victim doesn't have the resources to fight the case court after court, hiring the best lawyers.
But there are exceptions.

Remember DIG DG Vanzara, an accused in the Sohrabuddin-Kausar Bi-Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case.

The 'killer cop' who came from a poor background, was helped in his education by Muslims of his native village and had later became a pointsman for the rioters during the Gujarat carnage, is certainly paying for his sins in the .

Almost a year in the jail Vanzara's bail plea has been rejected by Supreme Court and now he has to suffer the ultimate humilation of being beaten up by his own sub-ordinate, a disgrace of highes degree in any force.

DSP NK Amin hit Vanzara with a bat in Sabarmati Jail and the authorities had to intervene. Amin was angry with Vanzara and told him that it was due to his wrong doings that the rest of the cops including Rajasthan's IPS officer Dinesh MN are in jail.

The brother of Sohrabuddin who was killed in a fake encounter, has managed to fight the case up to the Supreme Court. And this has made the difference. Now, with SC refusing to entertain their plea, no junior court can dare to let the accused go out on bail.

Times of India report recently said that most of these accused would retire behind bars. Vanzara has seven years of service left and others have more years in police department to serve. But it's not easy for them to get away.

It was not just Sohrabuddin but his wife Kausar Bi and Tulsi Ram Prajapati who were killed in cold blood. With more encounters haunting Vanzara, it seems his fate will, at least, dissuade many others like him who act as points-men for their political masters in disregard to law and forgetting all rules of the civilized society.

The role of Gujarat police remains a blot on Indian police force. Officers of the police worked as killers, sided with rioters, misguided the military and let the carnage continue but hopefully the fate of Vanzara and other cops will be a lesson for rogue policemen.

It was just a year ago that on this blog a story about Vanzara, his Rs 150 crore empire and the entire episode was posted. Read it here.