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Narcotics seizure: Another Bengal BJP leader held

West Bengal BJP leader Pamela Goswami   | Photo Credit: Facebook/PamelaGoswami

The Bengal police on Tuesday arrested BJP leader Rakesh Singh in a case involving seizure of narcotics. On February 19, the Kolkata police arrested secretary of party youth wing Pamela Goswami on charges of possession of about 90 grams of cocaine in the New Alipore area. Ms. Goswami had said she was being framed by Mr. Singh.

Drug seizure turning out to be an embarrassment for Bengal BJP

“I want CID to probe the matter. Mr. Singh, who is close to Kaliash Vijayvargiya, is behind all this,” she told journalists while being produced before the court on February 20.

The police had sent a notice to Mr. Singh under Section 160 of Cr.P.C. but he refused to present himself before them. The day witnessed dramatic developments with a huge contingent arriving at his residence in Kidderpore area. For hours, the police personnel were not allowed to enter the house.

Mr. Singh’s sons and even the Central security force tried to obstruct the police from entering the house. Later, the police entered and conducted a search of the premises. Mr. Singh was arrested late in the evening from Galsi in Bardhaman. His two sons were also arrested for obstructing the police.

The arrests have come as a major embarrassment for the BJP in the poll-bound State. The Trinamool Congress leadership has raised them highlighting the links of higher ups in the BJP to “people with criminal antecedents”.

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