Friday, April 29, 2011

Letter to Home Minister




23, Canning Lane, New Delhi-110001, tel-23070740/ 22


Shri P. Chidambaram

Hon'ble Union Home Minister

Government of India

 April 29, 2011

Subject: Request for providing adequate and effective security to Shri Sanjiv R. Bhatt

            (IPS 1998), Principal SRPF Training College, Junagadh


Dear Mr. Chidambaram,

We are deeply perturbed by the media reports (pasted at the end of this letter) : Gujarat Govt withdraws security cover of IPS officer who deposed against Modi, Express news service, Fri Apr 29 2011, 00:36 hrs.


Sanjiv Bhatt IPS, DIG SRPF Training College, Junagadh, had filed an Affidavit relating to SIT investigation on the complaint by Smt. Ahsan Jafri against Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, senior politicians and bureaucrats in the Supreme Court of India.

Sanjiv Bhatt's Affidavit filed in Supreme Court contains important evidence against Narendra Modi.  Earlier, the late Haren Pandya, the former State Minister, who submitted similar information to the Citizens Tribunal, headed by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, had been assassinated in suspicious circumstances. 

In the background of these circumstances and the prevailing conditions in Gujarat of 'No Tolerance to any Dissent' today's media reports about the withdrawal of security from Sanjiv Bhatt comes as a rude shock and is very disturbing.

There is a long list of serving officers who have been penalized by the state government for stopping the riots in 2002 in the areas under their jurisdiction and they continue to be harassed.

We as concerned citizens, individuals, activists, political workers, leaders feel extremely perturbed by this recent development.

We are writing to urge you to ensure that adequate and effective security cover be provided to Sanjiv Bhatt and his family urgently. 

He is entitled to protection as per the witness protection rules ordered by the Honorable Supreme Court for the witnesses of the communal riot cases, being investigated by the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court.


Yours Sincerely


Released by Shabnam Hashmi on behalf of


1.      Aamir Edresy, Association of Professional Muslims, Mumbai

2.      Abdul Khaliq, Awadh Public Charitable Public Trust, Delhi

3.      Abu Saleh Sharief, economist, Bangalore

4.      Aditi Mangaldas, Dancer, Delhi

5.      Admiral Ramdas, peace activist, former naval chief, Alibag, Maharashtra

6.      Amitabh Behar, social activist, Delhi

7.      Annie Raja, President, National Federation of Indian Women, Delhi

8.      Anuradha Chenoy, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

9.      Biju Mohan, filmmaker, Barabanki, UP

10.  D Raja, MP, leader, Communist Party of India, Delhi

11.  Danish Ahmed, National Secretary, Janata Dal (Secular)

12.  Dhirendra Panda, social activist, Orissa

13.  Dr Harshvardhan Hegde, orthopedic surgeon, Delhi

14.  Dr Jaya Mehta, Economist, Sandarbh, Indore

15.  Dr. Ram Puniyani, writer and activist, Mumbai

16.  Farukh Shaikh, film actor, producer, Mumbai

17.  Father Cedric Prakash, Human Rights activist and Director Prashant, Ahmedabad

18.  Gagan Sethi, social activist, Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad

19.  Githa Hariharan, writer, novelist, Delhi

20.  Hanif Lakdawala, social activist, Director Sanchetna, Gujarat

21.  Harsh Dobhal, Human Rights Law Network, Delhi

22.  Harsh Mander, activist, writer, member NAC

23.  Indu Kumar Jani, writer, journalist, Ahmedabad

24.  Jai Sen, CACIM , Delhi

25.  Kamla Mitra Chenoy, Professor, JNU

26.  Kavita Srivastava, General Secretary, PUCL, Rajasthan

27.  Kedar Mishra, poet, journalist, Orissa

28.  Lalita Ramdas, peace activist, Alibag

29.  Madhumita Ray, social activist, Orissa

30.  Mahesh Bhatt, filmmaker, Mumbai

31.  Manas Ranjan, social activist, Orissa

32.  Mohd Azam Khan, activist, Hyderabad

33.  Mushirul Hasan, Historian, Delhi

34.  Naasiruddin Haider Khan, Journalist, Delhi

35.  Nandita Das, actress, Mumbai

36.  Nasiruddin Shah, Actor, Mumbai

37.  Paul Divakar, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights, Delhi

38.  Prasad Chako, social activist, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights, Ahmedabad

39.  Prashant Paikray, social activist, Orissa

40.  Prof KN Panikkar, Historian, Kerala

41.  Prof Ramesh Dixit, Lucknow University, Lucknow

42.  Prof Rooprekha Verma, Former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University

43.  Ram Vilas Paswan, President, Lok Jan Shakti Party

44.  S Irfan Habib, Historian, Delhi

45.  Saba Dewan, filmmaker, Delhi

46.  Saeed Mirza, film director, writer, Mumbai, Goa

47.  Sampad Mohapatra, journalist, Orissa

48.  Sania Hashmi, filmmaker, Delhi

49.  Seema Duhan, social activist, Orissa

50.  Seema Mustafa, journalist, Delhi

51.  Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, Anhad, Delhi

52.  Sharmila Tagore, actress, Mumbai, Delhi

53.  Sheba George, social activist, Director, Sahrwaru, Ahmedabad

54.  Shubha Mudgal, artists, singer, Mumbai

55.  Sohail Hashmi, filmmaker, writer, Delhi

56.  Sonia Jabbar, filmmaker, Delhi

57.  Subhash Gatade, columnist, writer, Delhi

58.  Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist, Delhi

59.  T Haridas, Jansanskriti, Delhi

60.  Utkarsh Sinha, activist, INSAF, Lucknow

61.  Urvashi Butalia, writer, activist, Delhi

62.  Uttam Parmar, social activist, Surat

63.  Vineet Tiwari, Progressive Writers 'Association, Sandarbh, Indore

64.  Vrinda Grover, advocate, Supreme Court

65.  Zafar Agha, Editor, Jadeed Mail, Delhi

66.  Zakia Soman, social activist, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Gujarat



Gujarat govt withdraws security cover of IPS officer who deposed against Modi

Express news service

Posted: Fri Apr 29 2011, 00:36 hrs


Days after he submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court to say Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wanted "Muslims taught a lesson" for "the burning of kar sevaks at Godhra" in 2002, IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's security detail was withdrawn on the orders of the state Director General of Police. Instead of four guards, he will now have a lone policeman guarding him.

"There is no way I am going to allow this. My family needs to be protected," Bhatt told The Indian Express, saying he was drafting a reply to the DGP.

Bhatt had been recommended Y-category security — it comprises a security team of 11, including seven armed guards outside the house — after police intelligence underlined the threat he faced in view of his disclosures to the Special Investigation Team probing the riots cases.

Since no decision had been taken on providing him Y-category cover, he had made his own security arrangement at his residence, using four men drawn from the SRP Training College where he is currently posted as Principal.

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