"Two days back, the CBI requested us to help them trace PP Pandey after he went missing suddenly. Subsequently, we sent letters to all district Superintendents of Police and Police Commissioners asking them to keep a vigil to trace him," Gujarat Police Chief Amitabh Pathak said on Friday.

In his letter to all district and city police chiefs, the Gujarat state DGP directed them to increase vigil at all locations and take action in accordance with the law if they spot Pandey.

He has been absconding since April this year and a CBI special court also declared him "proclaimed absconder". He had resurfaced before the trial court on July 29, after the Supreme Court directed him to be present before the concerned court while rejecting his petition to quash the FIR against him.

Pandey had appeared before the court on a stretcher, directly from a local private hospital, where he was admitted after he complained of chest pain and other complications.

For a few days he attended court in a wheelchair, but suddenly went missing after his applications for exemption from appearance in the trial court and seeking anticipatory bail were rejected by the CBI court on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of the CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant for Pandey's arrest and the High Court had also rejected his petition challenging the CBI court's ruling of denying him anticipatory bail.

The 1982-batch IPS officer was Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ahmedabad, when Mumbai-based Ishrat, her friend Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and their associates Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were gunned down by Crime Branch sleuths on June 15, 2004.

(Agencies)

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