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Ahmedabad:

Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a 30-year-old custodial death case. The case was heard by a Jamnagar court on Thursday. Head constable Pravinsinh Zala was also sentenced for life imprisonment in the same case.

Sanjiv Bhatt is known for filing an affidavit in 2011, against Narendra Modi for his involvement in 2002 Gujarat Riots. Following this, he was suspended in 2011, accusing him of remaining absent from duty without permission and misuse of official vehicles and later he was sacked in August 2015.

According to the case details, Bhatt, who was posted as additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar during the communal riots in 1990, had detained 133 people.

Prabhu Vaishnani, one of the detainees, died in hospital on November 18 after he was released from police custody. Later, Prabhu’s brother Amrut Vaishnani lodged a complaint against Bhatt and other police personnel for custodial torture.

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