20 September, 2020

A Proximity Too Close For Comfort

Police officials during Rajinder Kumar’s time testify to his dubious stint with the IB

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A Proximity Too Close For Comfort

Policemen in Ahmedabad, new and old, have a lot to say, though not always on record, about Rajinder Kumar, IB stat­ion head in Gujarat between 2002 and 2005. All agree, however, on his proximity to chief minister Narendra Modi, something they say he never cared to hide. His record, says R.B. Sreekumar, the then Additional Director General of Police (Intelli­gence), needs to be probed with a fine toothcomb.

Kumar, claims Sreekumar, would frequently drop in at Gaikwad Haveli, in the office of encounter specialist and then DIG D.G. Van­zara, unusual for an IB officer of his rank. The IB during Kumar’s tenure, Sreekumar goes on to allege, helped Gujarat police go shopping for victims in Mumbai, Hyd­erabad and elsewhere, to be then eliminated in Gujarat.

“How is it that most of the alleged terrorists were killed in the early hours before dawn? Why did the encounters stop immediately after Vanzara was arrested? Did the Gujarat police stop receiving intelligence inputs thereafter or did the LeT and others stop sending terrorists to...



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