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IPS officer goes missing

Guwahati/Tezpur, Oct. 17: M.S. Chauhan, a superintendent of police in the special investigation cell probing several high-profile corruption cases in Arunachal Pradesh, has gone missing from Tippi near Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district.

Chauhan was on his way to Tawang on personal business, along with a constable and an inspector in a Mahindra Scorpio yesterday when he went missing from Tippi around 2.30pm, West Kameng superintendent of police T.T. Lama told The Telegraph from Bhalukpong this afternoon.

“Bhalukpong police has registered a case this morning based on the report by the constable and the inspector, both of whom have been detained. We have started investigations, but as of now, we have no clue as to whether he has been kidnapped or not. We are looking into all aspects of the case,” Lama said.

According to information provided by the two detained policemen — inspector Mohan Kaye and constable Vikram Singh of the special investigation cell — Chauhan suddenly got down at Tippi, a popular picnic destination, and asked his security men to find a spot where they could relax and eat before proceeding on their way towards Tawang.

“When the two policemen returned after 15-20 minutes, they could not find Chauhan.

After a two-hour search, they came to Bhalukpong police station and narrated the incident,” Lama said.

Kaye told The Telegraph that Chauhan was on a personnel visit to Tawang, as he had never visited this sought-after tourist destinations bordering China though his tenure in the state was coming to an end.

He also left his mobile phone in the vehicle.

The special investigation cell is under the government’s vigilance department and the chief secretary is the chief vigilance officer, sources said.

Gauhati High Court had appointed Chauhan as the special investigating officer in the multi-crore PDS scam in Arunachal Pradesh in 2008.

No complaint, however, has been lodged at the police headquarters or with the police in Itanagar where Chauhan was based.

Sources said a high-level meeting was held in Itanagar this afternoon to discuss the case.