M.S. Chohan and his locked Mehram Nagar home.
The case of "missing" IPS officer M.S. Chohan is getting murkier.
On Monday, it was revealed that Chohan, who disappeared on October 16 while on his way to Tawang from Itanagar, had faked his kidnapping.
He was traced on Sunday morning to his residence - C-39, police colony, Mehram Nagar - in the Capital, which he reached by road, taking lifts from trucks and buses, his neighbours said. They added that Chohan hadn't spoken to his family for the last 10-15 days and wasn't aware that they had shifted from Mehram Nagar, where they lived for a decade.
"He came to his house around 8.30 am on Sunday and found the door locked. Then he came to our house and asked where his family was. We called up his mother, Shakuntala, who had shifted to Dwarka some 10 days ago with her daughter. Till the time his mother came, he sat and chatted with us," said a neighbour who knows Chohan's family for the last 20 years.
"He told us he took the road route to Delhi and that's why he took so long to come," the neighbour added.
Chohan and his family refused to talk about his whereabouts.
Shakuntala said: "My son got home on Sunday and is physically and mentally unwell and is resting. We're worried about his health. We can't let him talk to anybody."
According to his relatives, Chohan is depressed. He is separated from his wife, who was named in the fake pilot scam. His son, too, lives separately.
Chohan, superintendent of police of the special investigation cell in Arunachal Pradesh, was appointed by the Gauhati High Court to probe the multi-crore PDS scam in the state in 2008.
The Arunachal Pradesh Police were also inquiring into his disappearance. They have now issued a statement saying that Chohan - who was with constable Virendra Kumar and inspector Mohan Kaye before he disappeared - wasn't abducted but was dropped at Tezpur on his own orders.
Arvind Deep, inspector general of police, said: "An operation was launched to trace Chohan." On sustained questioning, Kumar revealed that Chohan had been dropped at Tezpur. Kaye also admitted the same later.
Kaye and Kumar also disclosed that Chohan had instructed them to fabricate the story that he had gone missing. "After knowing the truth, we sent an investigating officer to Delhi to question him," Deep said.
Chohan confessed to faking his kidnapping to the officer and his statement was recorded. The matter has now gone to the home ministry and the appellate authorities will decide on suitable action.
Chohan had recently been transferred to Delhi - he was relieved this month - after having served in Arunachal for eight years.
Policemen who know him well said he didn't want to go to the Capital. According to sources, Chohan was facing a vigilance inquiry in Arunachal Pradesh and feared the same might haunt him in Delhi too. He had delayed filing the chargesheet in the PDS scam by two-and-a-half years.
On Monday, Chohan was taken to RML hospital's psychiatric ward, an Arunachal officer said.