Arunachal IPS officer goes missing

ITANAGAR, Oct 18 – A senior IPS officer has mysteriously gone ‘missing’ from Tippi in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Superintendent of Police of the Special Investigation Cell in the State Police, MS Chauhan, who was traveling from Itanagar to Tawang, went missing from Tippi around 2.30 pm on Tuesday.

When contacted, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arvind Deep Wednesday told this correspondent that on reaching Tippi, M S Chauhan had got down from the vehicle he was traveling in and asked his subordinate staffs – inspector M Kaye and constable Virender Kumar – to search for a suitable place for lunch.

But since then the whereabouts of the SP Chauhan, who was transferred out to Delhi on 10th of October but went out on the Tawang tour on his own, was not known, divulged the newly posted IGP at the State Police headquarters here.

The matter was reported to the Bhalukpong police station around 5 pm after the inspector and the constable unsuccessfully searched for their boss for more than two hours in Tippi and its vicinity, informed West Kameng SP T T Lama.

Even though he ruled out any possibility of the senior IPS officer being kidnapped citing that the place where Chauhan got down from the vehicle was reasonably a busy area, the district SP said a kidnapping case against unknown person(s) has been registered with the Bhalukpong PS and a search and combing operation is on.

Chauhan was appointed as the special investigating officer to probe the multi-crore PDS scam in Arunachal Pradesh in 2008 as per the directive of the Gauhati High Court following a PIL filed with the HC in 2004.

Till filing of this report, there was no trace of the IPS officer, according to police sources.