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Fake encounter: 'Battle lines have been drawn'
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May 05, 2007 13:53 IST

"The battle lines have been drawn," said arrested Gujarat IPS officer D G Vanzara on Saturday while talking informally to media persons as he waited outside the court for the proceedings in the fake encounter case to begin.

A calm, composed and unruffled Vanzara, arrested in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, smiled at media persons who were at the court to cover the proceedings when he was brought by the CID to seek further remand along with two other accused IPS officers.

The other two IPS officers -- Rajkumar Pandian and Dineshkumar M N -- however, appeared tense and avoided any interaction with the media.

Though Vanzara did not clearly spell out battle lines have been drawn against whom, the indication he gave was he that was not affected by the happenings and that he was ready for a long battle.      

Asked whether he still stands by his statement that Sheikh was a terrorist, he replied in the affirmative and said, "I have even stated this in the court of law."

He claimed the allegations levelled against him in connection with Sheikh's wife Kausar Bi's case were 'concocted.' The Gujarat government has admitted that Kausar was killed and her body burnt.

Asked how he was spending his time in the lock-up he said, "I am spending my time doing yoga. I also listen to and read preaching of Asaram Bapu as I am his follower. There is no television to watch or newspaper to read."

Looking at the large media contingent he remarked, "I know what you have been writing about me. But I have nothing against you all, as I know it is nothing personal."
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