Ahmedabad: Despite concern over threat to his life, Gujarat police has withdrawn the security of senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, following his statement against Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Taking the state governments move in his stride, Bhatt said, “My truth is my security.” “I have already informed the court, SIT and Director General of Police about my security being withdrawn. But the state police, on the ground that I am on leave, have withdrawn my official vehicles alongwith my security staff,” he added.

Briefing media persons at his private residence on Friday evening, Bhatt informed them that he had taken leave from February 12 citing personal reasons but rejoined on March 19. 
Strangely, Gujarat DGP Chittaranjan Singh wrote a letter to Bhatt on Thursday evening informing him that his security is being withdrawn as he is on leave.

Contesting the Gujarat Police's decision, he replied to the letter sending copies to the Supreme Court and the Nanavati Commission probing the post-Godhra riots cases.
 
Bhatt, who earlier had expressed concern over his security in an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court, had sought direction from the court to the state government to provide him adequate security cover.
 
In fact, fearing that Bhatt would be victimised for his outbursts against Modi, former additional DGP RB Sreekumar had recently written to the special investigating team (SIT), probing the 2002 riot cases, seeking effective security to Bhatt.

In the affidavit, Bhatt had also stated that Modi convened a late-night meeting on February 27, 2002 after the burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra station and asked the state police to let Hindus vent their anger.

JPN/Bureau