06 May, 2021

On A Snort Leash

It’s cocaine blues for the BJP in poll-bound Bengal. Pamela Goswami, a model and a young face for the party, gets caught. She blames one BJP leader, her father blames another.

On A Snort Leash

When a team of West Bengal cops pulled over the car of Pamela Goswami and encircled it almost commando-style, she was nervous and resisted when they sought to search her vehicle. Understandably so. The cops found 90 grams of cocaine with the market value of about Rs 10 lakh in the car of the Yuva Morcha general secretary, the Bengal BJP’s youth wing. Accompanying her was Prabir Kumar Dey, another Yuva Morcha leader, and Pamela’s bodyguard. Now fast-forward a couple of hours. While being taken away in a prison van, the 23-year-old Pamela shouted slogans—like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”—and hollered that she was being framed.

Was it a setup, really? By whom, if at all it was as the small-time Bengali model who rose to become one of BJP’s youth faces in a highly polarised Bengal electing a new government in this summer? Pamela alleged in a court the day after her arrest that it was a conspiracy hatched by BJP leader Rakesh Singh, who she referred to as a close aide of the party’s Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya. Police have arrested...

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