Kolkata:

Bengal BJP leader Rakesh Singh, whom the party’s youth-wing worker Pamela Goswami has named in a drugs case, has been arrested at the state’s Burdwan district. He was allegedly fleeing the state by road. The Kolkata Police has also detained his two sons for not allowing them to enter the residence over absence of search warrant – which arrived hours later.

Ms Goswami, who was arrested last week over allegations of possessing around 100 grams cocaine, has accused Mr Singh – a close aide of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya – of implicating her in the drugs case. “They have been trying to frame me for a long time. Rakesh Singh has done this. I have credible information. I have evidence,” she had told reporters in Bengali outside a local court.

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Mr Singh was asked to appear today at the Kolkata Police headquarters for questioning in connection with the case. He, however, refused, saying he was travelling to Delhi and will appear before the police on February 26, when he returns to the city.

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