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Kolkata / Midnapore: THE officer-in-charge of Belda police station in West Midnapore, believed close to former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, has been detained after CID officials found some 15 kg gold and unaccounted cash during raids in his and his in-laws’ houses.

This comes on a day CID teams raided the houses of Ghosh and her husband at Mukundapur and Naktala in Kolkata, respectively. Sources claimed that Rs 60-lakh in cash, two kg gold ornaments and several land titles have been seized in the raids.

In view of the seizures, CID has issued a notice to Ghosh, asking her to appear in person at the agency’s headquarters Bhavani Bhavan. The purpose is to verify whether the seized cash and valuables are accounted for.

This comes barely a month since Ghosh opted for voluntary retirement from IPS after she was transferred from the post of SP West Midnapore to the commandant of State Armed Police 3rd Battalion based at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas. [READ: Unable to accept change of fortune, IPS officer Bharati Ghosh applies for VRS]

Apart from the houses of Ghosh and her aide Belda O-C Pradip Rath, CID teams have also conducted raids in the houses of four more police officers who were close to Ghosh when she was the SP of West Midnapore.

CID sources have identified two out of the four officers as Hirak Biswas and Chitta Pal.

The simultaneous raids at 12 locations involving 75 CID personnel were undertaken from the wee hours till late this morning following a directive from the Ghatal sub-division Court yesterday.

The court had directed CID to probe the complaint of jeweler Chandan Majhi of Daspur in West Midnapore that during the demonetisation in 2016, Pradip Rath, who used to be O-C Daspur police station then, forcibly took away several gold ornaments. He later lodged a complaint with SP Bharati Ghosh but to no avail.

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