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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

GUJARAT: Fake encounter: In jail, Vanzara turns Gandhian!

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D.P. Bhattacharya, / Gandhinagar / August 3, 2011 / Updated 09:51 IST.

D. G. Vanzara
Former DIG of Gujarat D. G. Vanzara.

Call it a change of heart or an efficient camouflage, trigger-happy former DIG D. G. Vanzara is now looking forward to a course in Gandhian Studies.

Lodged behind the bars, Vanzara, who is accused in a host of fake encounter cases in Gujarat, including the Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case and the Tulsiram Prajapati alleged fake encounter, has already done a Post Graduate Diploma in Value Education and Spirituality offered by Annamalai University and sponsored by the Brahmakumaris, a neo-religious Hindu movement.

Vanzara, however, is not alone in his academic pursuits. There are other hardcore criminals too who are toeing his line. Safdar Nagori and Mirza Baig - accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts - and Atul Patel - one of the convicts in the infamous PatanGgang rape case - have also completed the same course from their cells in Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.

Confirming the development, additional director general of police (ADGP) (prison) P. C. Thakur said the department has taken up an extensive education drive across 24 prisons in Gujarat and the inmates are queuing up for various courses.

"It is very interesting to see that hardcore Islamic militants such as Nagori and Baig showed interest in this course, which is sponsored by the Brahmakumaris," Thakur said, adding that the contents of the course, however, is totally secular.

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