One of the two men wanted in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a gold trader that was allegedly masterminded by an assistant sub-inspector of police, is also a Kolkata police constable, Lalbazar sources said today.

Ashish Chandra, an ASI working in the record section of Kolkata Police and two other persons have already been arrested in the case. Police came to know of the involvement of the constable after interrogating the three accused who had looted gold jewellery and a huge amount of cash from a Nadia-based businessman after kidnapping him at Muchipara last week.

“We are probing the role of the absconding constable in this dacoity. We suspect that he might be one of the co-conspirators in this act. He had not been attending his regular duties for the past two months. Besides searching them, an investigation has been launched to find out the informants who gave the details of what the trader had been carrying that day to the robbers,” said a police officer who is investigating the case.

The detective department of Kolkata Police has taken up the case. Police sources added that Chandra had been suspended from his duties earlier when he got involved in some dubious activities and his increment was also deducted.

During interrogation, he revealed that he committed this crime owing to lack of money. In the meantime, it has come to light that one of the accused Dilip Sarkar alias Balai, a resident of Dum Dum area, had been arrested earlier by Sealdah GRP for theft, cheating and other fraudulent activities.