The Pheku Special Crimez Branch is falling apart. Finally, after seven years behind bars, Pheku’s main hit man, IPS Officer D. G. Vanzara, decided that he could no longer depend on Pheku to protect him – at least not without twisting Pheku’s arm a bit.

On September 2 2013 Vanzara wrote an open letter, resigning from the elite IPS force and came out accusing Pheku’s right hand man Amit Shah of being the key decision maker in all the encounter killings that are now seen as a key feature of Pheku’s 12 year regime. Not only did Vanzara directly implicate Amit Shah, he also made it clear that he, Vanzara, had been operating with a clear understanding that Pheku would protect him, come what may.

Vanzara’s reputation as Pheku’s main hit man, crystallized in the context of his arrest as key accused in the Sohrabuddin Shiek encounter case. Since then he is now also named as a key accused in three other encounter cases – the Ishrat Jahan case, the Sadeeque Jamal case and the Tulasiram encounter case.

So, why is Vanzara doing what he is doing?

Clearly, Vanzara, who has maintained what he descrbes himself as a “graceful silence” feels cornered enough to put out a new set of cards on the table. The last two pages of the 10 page “resignation” letter is full of veiled threats aimed at both Pheku and Shah.

Let me also further put on record and clarify my stand that I have been maintaining my graceful silence for such a long period only and only because of my supreme faith in and highest respect for Shri Narendrabhai Modi…

Everything in the letter indicates that Vanzara is losing the “supreme faith and higjhest respect” that he had for Pheku.  As the CBI noose has gotten tighter with each advancing day in the Ishrat Jahan case, Vanzara it is clear feels he needs to up the ante to ensure he is protected. Hence his decision to threaten Pheku with the possibility that his “graceful silence” is not guaranteed. The threat is clear. He reminds Pheku:

that he [pheku], in the hurry of marching towards Delhi, may kindly not forget to repay the debt which he owes to jailed police officers who endowed him with the halo of Brave Chief Minister

Vanzara’s letter is a gauntlet, a challenge seeking a response from Pheku and co. Its also a indication to the other 40 police officers locked up with Vanzara, many of whom are his subordinates, that Vanzara may indeed be losing control. Watch this space in the next few weeks as the different minions of Pheku’s hit squad begin to turn collaborators and approvers. Then, lets see how Pheku handles his purported march to Delhi with landmines of his own making going off all along the way.

Tera kya hogo Vanzara?

Tu tho ab besahara!

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