It cannot be called a palace, but a mansion could be pretty much in order. A sprawling bungalow, with a gate like that of a palace and located in Sector 19 of Gandhinagar, stands out among all the bungalows of the area where officers reside. The palatial house is currently secured by an armed police constable and the family of suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara lives in it.
The bungalow, alas, wears a deserted look today. The well-decorated house, with big photographs of a strapping young DG Vanzara well framed in the drawing room, used to swarm with people mainly from the Vanzara community during festivals like Holi and Diwali till he was arrested in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in April 2007.
And, his family spends most of the time fighting legal battles to defend Vanzara in court for three fake encounter cases.
Vanzara is currently arrested in the Ishrat Jahan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases. The Prajapati encounter case, however, has been merged with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case now.
“I believe in the country’s judiciary and I will be fighting the battle for my father in the court of law,” Pruthvi Vanzara, the son of DG Vanzara, told dna. He, however, refused to comment on his father’s letter of resignation and his alleged political connections.
However, sources close to the family said Vanzara’s other son is currently working as mamlatdar of the state government while Pruthvi keeps alternating between Mumbai and Ahmedabad ever since his father was shifted to Taloja jail in Mumbai. He is full time into looking after the legal battle of his father and always in touch with the lawyers.
The sources said the family had neither got any support from the state government nor from the police department.
Moreover, the government had never come to meet the family and asked about their requirements. Some officers though keep meeting Vanzara and seek his help.
They added that the Vanzara family had stopped celebrating Holi and Diwali since his arrest and was waiting for commencement and conclusion of the trials of the encounter cases.