The state government is angry with the prison department in connection with the letter of resignation written by suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara on Tuesday.
Sources said the home department contacted additional director-general of police PC Thakur to vent the government’s ire.
Vanzara’s letter, which was signed by him at Sabarmati jail and sent officially to the government, has created fresh problems for Thakur.
The sources added that the suspended IPS officer’s missive had been approved by the jail officials before it was sent to the home department. But, it could have been delayed had the prison staff not approved of the letter. The resignation letter had the stamp and signature of the undertrial prisoner lodged in the Sabarmati jail.
A source said the government was not happy at the manner in which the prison department had handled the issue of Vanzara’s letter. Sources said the government has asked the prison department to clarify its stand informally.
The sources, however, claimed that Vanzara was contacted by senior officials before he sent the letter to the government. It has been revealed by a source familiar with the development that a senior IAS officer, too, tried to convince Vanzara before he shot off the letter to the home department.
Even though the dust of Vanzara’s letter bomb is yet to settle, it could result in the delay in the appointment of the state director-general of police (DGP), the post lying vacant since the death of Amitabh Pathak. Sources said once SK Saikia retires as commissioner of police on September 30, Thakur will be the senior-most IPS officer in the state and his chances of becoming the DGP are the highest.
Vanzara’s resignation letter has created havoc among government officials, who are now busy trying to do a damage control exercise.