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BJP leader Rakesh Singh arrested in Pamela Goswami cocaine case, was trying to 'flee' Bengal

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KOLKATA: West Bengal Police has arrested BJP leader Rakesh Singh from Galsi in Purba Bardhaman district in connection with the Pamela Goswami drugs case. The arrest was made by the Detective Department as Rakesh Singh was apparently trying to flee West Bengal.

A team of Kolkata Police has reached Galsi police station in East Bardhaman to question Rakesh Singh.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kolkata Police entered the residence of BJP leader Rakesh Singh. State committee member of BJP's Bengal unit, Rakesh Singh was named by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Pamela Goswami, who was arrested in possession of cocaine earlier this month.

According to officials, the Kolkata Police had to wait outside Rakesh Singh's residence since the family insisted on seeing a search warrant before letting cops enter. The search operation was led by the Anti-Narcotics and Anti-Rowdy sections of the Detective Department of New Alipore police station.

The Additional Commissioners of Police (ACPs) of both sections were present during the search operation.

Kolkata Police's Detective Department has also detained Rakesh Singh's two sons. They were taken away as they were speaking to the media on Tuesday. Chaos broke out at BJP leader Rakesh Singh's residence as his sons were thrown into a police vehicle following a search operation that seems to have yielded little or no results.

The two sons have been identified as Suvam Singh (25) and Saheb Singh (21).

Will fight for justice: Rakesh Singh's daughter

Rakesh Singh's daughter Simran Singh said, "They [Police] had no search warrant. They did not even mention why they wanted to search the house."

"They pushed me; a lady police officer kicked me. My mother is in depression. They took my brothers away. I want justice. I will fight for it. I have not been allowed to meet my brothers. They did not mention why they were taking away my brothers," Simran Singh said.


She went on to add, "We have faced harassment before as my father is a political figure but never like this. About 200 police personnel came to our house. Twenty of them searched the house, they opened the almirahs, and they found nothing. They even wrote 'nil' on their paper. I don't know what they had come to search for; my entire house is upside down."

Asked about her father Rakesh Singh's arrest, Simran said she is unaware of his whereabouts. An acquaintance of the family, however, said Rakesh Singh was on his way to Delhi by road.

Rakesh Singh's lawyer has refused to comment on the situation for now.

Asked to join probe, cited party commitments

The Kolkata Police had asked Rakesh Singh to appear before the department concerned to record his statement under Section 160 of the CrPC in connection with the Pamela Goswami case. In his response, Rakesh Singh had cited party commitments to say that he cannot appear in front of the police before February 26.

In an email to the Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rakesh Singh had threatened to file a defamation suit against the Kolkata Police. He even claimed that BJYM leader Pamela Goswami did not take his name upon her arrest.

What is Pamela Goswami cocaine case?

Arrested for alleged possession of cocaine, youth BJP leader Pamela Goswami had accused Rakesh Singh of "sending men to plant" the drugs in her vehicle. While demanding a CID inquiry into the matter, Pamela Goswami had also claimed that a conspiracy was being hatched against her.

A close associate of BJP's West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, Rakesh Singh had responded to the allegations in an exclusive interview with India Today. Singh had said, "It is very easy to make a complaint but it is difficult to prove it. She [Pamela] will be able to tell why she took my name. All I can say is that it is a conspiracy to discredit me. I don't trust in this kind of dirty politics."

Rakesh Singh also said that Pamela Goswami had complained to the police against senior BJP leaders, not more than a few days ago. "Even her father has filed a complaint against her [accusing her of being a drug user]," Rakesh Singh had alleged.

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