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Midnapore: CID has arrested a serving police officer in connection with the alleged extortion from a jeweller in West Midnapore in 2016.

The officer is said to be part of the coterie of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, who was the SP of the district, when the alleged extortion took place.

Pradip Rath, the officer-in-charge of Belda police station in West Midnapore, was arrested by a CID team today. He will be produced in a court here tomorrow and CID sources said that they will plea for his remand.

Rath is the second police officer from Ghosh’s close circle who has been arrested in the past one week. On 13 February, CID arrested sub-inspector Rajsekhar Pain, posted in a police outpost off Midnapore town, in separate case relating to alleged gobbling up of Rs 45-lakh from a cattle trader. Ghosh is an accused in the case.

Rath’s arrest comes after CID officials found some 15 kg gold and a sizeable amount of unaccounted cash during raids on his and his in-laws’ houses on 2 February. [READ: Bengal ex-IPS officer Bharati Ghosh house raided by CID, O-C close to her held]

The raids were conducted after a jeweller moved Ghatal Sub-divisional Court on 1 February alleging that Rath, who was the O-C of Daspur police station in 2016, had extorted gold from him in connivance with other police officers. He also complained that Ghosh, the then SP, did not pay any heed when he approached her for a redress.