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Bengal CID seizes gold and cash from homes of ex-IPS officer, police inspector

A businessman had accused the IPS officer and inspector of extorting a large amount of gold and cash.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2018 20:26 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, Midnapore
West Bengal CID,Bharati Ghosh,CID sleuths
The CID was acting on a court order following a businessman’s complaint against IPS officer Bharati Ghosh and inspector Pradip Rath.(Reuters File Photo)

The West Bengal criminal investigation department (CID) searched on Friday the south Kolkata residence of Bharati Ghosh, an IPS officer who resigned recently, and the home of an inspector in West Midnapore district where the sleuths seized an unspecified quantity of cash and gold.

The CID was acting on a court order following a businessman’s complaint against Ghosh and inspector Pradip Rath, whom he accused of extorting a large amount of gold and cash.

Ghosh, who was superintendent of police in the district, resigned on December 28 last year after she was transferred to Barrackpore in the North 24 Parganas as commandant of the third battalion of the state armed police. She could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.

Senior police officers in West Midnapore said the CID team recovered a huge quantity of cash and gold from the home of Rath, the officer in-charge of Belda police station. Rath allegedly could not give a satisfactory reply when asked to declare the source of the valuables and money.

District police officers said Rath won’t be assigned any duty and a case is registered against him.

In his complaint, businessman Chandan Maji of Daspur in West Midnapore alleged before a court that he was a victim of police extortion. The court directed the CID to investigate.

A 75-member CID team conducted the search. “The CID team knows the details about this case,” West Midnapore superintendent of police Alok Rajoria said.

A gold merchant named Bimal Garai was arrested in connection with the case.

The CID team is keeping an eye on the movement of several policemen, said officers who didn’t want to be named.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 20:26 IST