Tunnel and vault in home linked to cop

Calcutta: A passage leading to a vault has been found in a Barrackpore house associated with a sub-inspector who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an alleged misappropriation case in which former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh is an accused.

The sub-inspector has been identified as Rajsekhar Pain, who served as a Kharagpur police station officer-in-charge in 2016 when Rs 45 lakh was allegedly taken away by police from a businessman's car that had an accident. Ghosh was then superintendent of police of West Midnapore within which the Kharagpur police station falls.

The three-storey house where the passage was found was bought in the name of Pain's mother, sources said.

The sources said that during the search at the vacant three-storey Barrackpore house, the secret passage was spotted behind a wooden window in the staircase leading to the first floor.

The window opened into a 3ftx3ft passage, whose mouth had been stuffed with paper. Crawling through the 8ft passage, the sleuths found a vault at the end. It was empty.

Pain's wife and younger son lived in the house. On the day of the search, no one was home.

The Bengal CID arrested sub-inspector Pain, perceived as being close to Ghosh, from the West Midnapore police lines.

According to complainant Eunus Ali Mondal, a North 24-Parganas resident, his car had an accident in Kharagpur on September 24, 2016, and during the rescue operation the police had taken away two bags containing Rs 45 lakh from it.


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