Gualberto Ramírez Gutiérrez was taken into custody on Sunday morning. Representational image. Caspar Benson/Gettyimages

In connection with the disappearance of 43 college students in 2014, a case that has raised concerns about organized crime's influence within the government, Gualberto Ramírez Gutiérrez, the former head of Mexico's federal anti-kidnapping unit, has been arrested.

Alejandro Encinas, Mexico's undersecretary for human rights, population, and migration, confirmed that Ramírez Gutiérrez was apprehended on Sunday morning.

In a Twitter statement on Monday, Alejandro Encinas clarified that Gualberto Ramírez Gutiérrez is facing accusations of forced disappearance and torture. However, no additional specifics were disclosed regarding the allegations.

Encinas further informed that a federal court in Toluca had issued a detention order for eight soldiers in connection with the large-scale abduction.

This development marks the latest turn in a lengthy and controversy-laden saga, as authorities continue their efforts to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the 43 college students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College.

At the time of the Ayotzinapa disappearances in September 2014, Gualberto Ramírez Gutiérrez served as the head of anti-kidnapping efforts for SEIDO, which stands for the Mexican attorney general's organized crime office.

The students were on their way to Mexico City from the southwest state of Guerrero, an annual trip to remember the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre.

However, they were stopped by police near the city of Iguala, and since then, their fate has remained unknown, although charred bone fragments belonging to three students have been discovered.

Alejandro Encinas, a former senator and a close associate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has referred to the disappearances as a "state crime."

Encinas is leading the truth commission, which aims to investigate government officials of high rank who may have played a role in the abduction and deaths.

"Their actions, omissions or participation allowed the disappearance and execution of the students, as well as the murder of six other people," Encinas said in August, as the commission released its report, Al Jazeera reported.

Encinas stated that the Mexican military holds a "clear responsibility" in connection with the disappearances. He also emphasized that there is "no indication" suggesting that any of the students managed to survive.

Rodríguez Salgado was previously arrested in 2015 on charges of ordering the killing of the Ayotzinapa students. However, he was released in 2018.

In subsequent media interviews, Rodríguez Salgado has shared accounts of being subjected to beatings and attempted bribery by government officials.

He claims that these officials attempted to falsely implicate him in the students' murders.

Additionally, video footage has surfaced, allegedly showing the torture of individuals connected to the Ayotzinapa case.

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