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Kolkata: BENGAL CID has arrested a police officer in connection with the alleged gobble up of Rs 45-lakh from a cattle trader in 2016.

The arrested sub-inspector Rajsekhar Pain, posted in a police outpost off Midnapore town, is believed close to former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh against whom CID has already got an arrest warrant issued in the same case. Ghosh is hiding in some other state.

Pain was arrested by a CID team today, making it the first arrest in the case. In addition to Pain and Ghosh, another sub-inspector Chiranjit Ghosh, and constable Sujit Mondal are accused in the case.

Pain will be produced in court tomorrow. On 7 February, cattle trader Yunus Ali of North 24-Parganas filed a case in a court accusing the three-member police team led by Pain of gobbling up Rs 45-lakh cash that they had seized from his car following an accident at Kharagpur in West Midnapore 2016. [READ: Bharati Ghosh now faces case for Rs 45-lakh gobble up]

Pain was then the officer-in-charge of Kharagpur police station. Ali also named Ghosh, who was the SP of West Midnapore then, as an accused for allegedly being hand-in-glove with the Kharagpur police team.

Acting on this, on 10-11 February, a CID team raided the residence of Pain at Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas and his quarters at Daspur in West Midnapore. They allegedly found a huge volume of unaccounted gold ornaments and cash.