BJYM leader Pamela Goswami, who was arrested in a drugs case a day earlier, on Saturday accused party colleague Rakesh Singh of conspiracy and demanded his arrest.
Goswami, the state secretary of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) which is the youth wing of BJP, also demanded a CID probe into the matter.
She was arrested along with her friend, Pradip Kumar De, and her personal security guard on Friday after 90 gm cocaine worth lakhs of rupees was found in her handbag and vehicle, police said. She was arrested from South Kolkata’s New Alipore area.
On Saturday, when she was being taken to a lock-up from court, she was seen shouting to reporters, demanding Singh’s arrest. “I want a CID investigation. BJP’s Rakesh Singh, the aide of Kailash Vijayvargiya, should be arrested. This is his conspiracy,” said Goswami.
Singh, a BJP state committee member, alleged that the Trinamool Congress and the Kolkata Police were conspiring against him and have “brainwashed” Goswami. He said he has not been in touch with Goswami for over a year and was ready to face any investigation.
“If I am involved, they can call me or Kailash Vijayvargiya or Amit Shah. I think the police have brainwashed her. I am not in touch with Pamela for more than one-and-a-half-years now,” Singh told news agency PTI.
“This can be that the Kolkata Police is following the Trinamool Congress’s instructions. They are conspiring against me,” he added. Singh called accusations “baseless” and said that he is ready to face any challenge.
The Trinamool Congress said the whole episode portrays the “true character” of the BJP.
“Earlier, one of their leaders was arrested for involvement in child trafficking. Now another one is arrested in the drugs case. This only proves what the BJP and its leaders are up to,” TMC’s secretary-general and state minister Partha Chatterjee said.
(With inputs from agencies)