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Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

BS ThindShimla, April 4
Controversial IPS officer and suspended ADGP BS Thind was arrested today by the police in connection with a case registered against him by a Parwanoo-based businessman for allegedly accepting money for getting his commercial premises vacated.

Thind, who had been evading arrest till now today fell in the police net when he came here in connection with a court attendance of a case he is facing during his stint as the managing director of Agro Industrial Packaging India Ltd. A police team led by Parwanoo DSP Ramesh Pathania arrested him from the district court here.

Thind had been placed under suspension sometime back following framing of charges against him by a CBI court in connection with some dubious land transactions in Punjab. Prior to his suspension he had been posted as the ADGP, Lokayukta.

Following complaint of chest pain after his arrest, Thind was taken to Indira Gandhi Medical College where he had been admitted to the CCU of the cardiology department.

IG (Law and Order) SR Mardi confirmed that Thind had been arrested in connection with a case registered against him on the complaint of Ashok Mittal in the Parwanoo police station. Mittal had said that the officer had allegedly taken Rs 6 lakh from him for getting his shops vacated in Parwanoo and an FIR had been registered on June 15, 2008.

Mittal had made a formal compliant to Chief Minister PK Dhumal seeking action against Thind. He had also handed over an audio CD containing his conservation with the police officer with regard to the deal for getting the premises vacated. Sources confirmed that forensic analysis of the voice samples taken by the police to ascertain whether the voice in the CD was of Thind, had also matched. The defence taken by him that his voice was tampered was found to be untrue.

Sources said Thind had been trying to evade arrest as he had not accepted any of the summons issued to him nor was he found at any of his residential addresses in Chandigarh when the police teams went there looking for him. It is learnt that even after his suspension Thind had failed to report at the Police Headquarters (PHQ) here and had remained on leave most of the time.

Incidentally, Thindís name had also figured prominently in the chargesheet, which had been prepared by the BJP while the Congress was in power. The BJP had accused the Congress of shielding him and had demanded action against him. He is facing cases even in Punjab with regard to land transaction and raising loans from banks against the same properties.

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