THE KOLKATA POLICE Tuesday arrested Rakesh Singh, West Bengal state committee member of the BJP and convenor of the get together’s basti (slum) cell, from Galsi in Purba Burdwan district in reference to a case through which 23-year-old Pamela Goswami, one of many state secretaries of the BJP Yuva Morcha, was arrested for allegedly possessing 76 gm of heroin.
Singh was summoned by the police below Part 160 CrPC after his title cropped up in the course of the investigation within the drug case. He had conveyed to the police in writing he wouldn’t be accessible since he had a previous appointment in Delhi. His petition towards the summons was turned down by the Calcutta Excessive Court docket.
Police sources stated he has been taken to the native police station however didn’t verify his arrest but. His two sons, Sivam Singh, 24, and Suvam Singh, 22, have additionally been picked up by Kolkata police for allegedly disrupting police officers from discharging their duties. They’ve been despatched to the central lockup in Lal Bazaar.
A day after her arrest on February 19, Pamela Goswami had alleged that Rakesh Singh had hatched a conspiracy to border her and in addition named a senior BJP chief. “I’ve been framed by BJP chief Rakesh Singh, who’s near a senior BJP chief. I need CID to probe this. I’ve all of the proof,” she stated when she was being taken to the NDPS court docket in Alipur.
On Tuesday afternoon, officers of the narcotics and anti-rowdy part of the Detective Division of Kolkata Police searched Singh’s residence for about three hours. Police sources stated Singh was not at his residence then, and his sons allegedly obstructed them from finishing up their duties. “The police may enter the home solely after two hours,” stated Sujit Chakraborty, Assistant Commissioner of Police, anti-rowdy part.
“Fourteen folks entered my home. They may not discover something. They instructed me to return for interrogation… We requested the police to first ship a discover,” Subham stated shortly earlier than he was picked up by police.
Earlier than becoming a member of BJP in March 2019, Singh was within the Congress and had contested the Meeting elections in 2016 from the Kolkata Port seat, however misplaced to Trinamool Congress. He has greater than two dozen felony instances towards him and was one of many accused within the case associated to vandalism of the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar throughout Amit Shah’s roadshow in Could 2019.
A day earlier than Pamela was arrested, she had a dialog with TMC Spokesperson Kunal Ghosh. When contacted, Ghosh instructed The Indian Express, “Sure, she had messaged me on Thursday that she and some different folks holding good portfolios needed to satisfy me. I instructed her I used to be touring, and if she wanted, she may name me. Minutes later, I obtained a name. She was disturbed, needed to satisfy me, and was planning to return out of one thing (sic).” When requested about allegations that this was a TMC conspiracy, he stated, “I don’t know who she is and that was the primary time we spoke. Her arrest exhibits clear-cut groupism in BJP.”
Two years in the past, Pamela Goswami’s father Kaushik Goswami had written to Kolkata Police Commissioner, the Joint Commissioner of Police and the Jadavpur police station, alleging that one in every of Pamela’s buddies, Prabir De, had allegedly uncovered her to medication. The police had stored a watch on the duo and arrested them on February 19 primarily based on a tip-off.
Pamela was a mannequin and had acted in a number of tv serials. On July 21, 2019, she and two different actors Rimjhim Mitra and Surojit Choudhury had joined the BJP within the presence of BJP State President Dilip Ghosh.