The special investigating team headed by Haryana ADGP MS Mann on Thursday arrested Bhim Singh Ranga, the investigating officer who probed the Apna Ghar shelter home abuses case till his retirement on June 30, on charge of criminal conspiracy.
The retired SI, arrested under Section 120-B, was incharge of Gandhi Camp police station under which Sri Nagar colony, where Jaswanti Devi's shelter home was situated.
Sources said that police had also arrested one Chand who was allegedly given the laptop of Jaswanti Devi by Bhim Singh after its seizure from the Apna Ghar during investigation.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team had raided the shelter home on May 9 and exposed torture, rape, child trafficking and sexual molestation of its inmates.
After the involvement of police officials in sexual exploitation of the inmates came out in the open, Haryana DGP RS Dalal had constituted the SIT headed by ADGP (law and order) MS Maan to probe all aspects of the case.
Interestingly, SI Ranga was present at Apna Ghar during the NCPCR raid. Despite this, the investigations in the case were handed over to him.
"The SIT has arrested Bhim Singh Ranga along with another person Chand," SIT head MS Maan told HT.
Rohtak SP Vivek Sharma refused to comment on the arrests. "The arrests could have come on the basis of the SIT probe. Ranga was given the case for investigation much before revelations about involvement of certain policemen were made by shelter home inmates," he said.