DG Vanzara returns Gujarat after nine years, gets hero’s welcome


Retired Gujarat IPS officer D.G. Vanzara, a key accused in the Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter cases, entered Gujarat after nine years on Friday after the court permitted him to enter the state after nine years.

A huge crowd welcomed his arrival as they chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

ANI reported that a grand reception was organised to mark the event.

The controversial police officer told reporters, “I was in Sabarmati jail and six years in Maharashtra and at that time there were conditions on me. Now after nine years, I am coming to Gujarat from Maharashtra and I am happy that so many people have come to receive me. This programme is just a glimpse of my reception.”

Vanzara was arrested on 24 April 2007 by CID (Crime) for his role in the fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in 2004.

Bombay High Court had imposed restrictions on him confining him to Mumbai on special bail condition.

Last month, Bombay HC lifted this condition allowing him to leave Mumbai. However, Vanzara had moved the Ahmedabad special CBI court due to the condition imposed in the Ishrat Jahan case.

The special court granted him bail asking him to submit a surety bond of Rs. two lakh