Kolkata: BJP MP Roopa Ganguly’s son arrested after his car rams into wall

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly. (Express file photo)

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly’s son was arrested after he rammed his car into the wall of an upscale south Kolkata club, with many having a near escape from being hit, on Thursday.

The incident took place when Akash Mukhopadhyay, while taking a turn, rammed his black sedan into the wall of the club in the posh Golf Garden area, police sources told PTI. Mukhopadhyay will be produced at Alipore court later today, they added.

"We have arrested him for rash driving and damaging properties. No casualty was reported in the accident. His blood sample has been collected to check if it was a case of drunk driving, while the car will be sent for a forensic test," a senior police officer was quoted as saying by PTI.

Locals claimed many people had a narrow escape as the vehicle was being driven at a breakneck speed. While the car crashed into the boundary wall, breaking a portion of it, the driver was trapped inside.

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No one was injured in the incident as several people present at the spot scampered to safety on time, eyewitnesses said.

Mukhopadhyay’s father, who rushed out of their apartment nearby on hearing the commotion, came to his son’s rescue and helped him out of the car. The BJP MP’s son was then taken to the Jadavpur police station by cops, as the locals alleged that he was driving in an inebriated condition.

Mukhopadhyay was taken to Jadavpur Police Station and arrested under Sections 427 (mischief) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act besides the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Ganguly said the law should take its own course.

"My son has met with an accident near my residence. I called police to take care of it with all legal implications… No favours/ politics please. I love my son and will take care of him but law should take its own course (sic)," she said.

Tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the tweet, the Rajya Sabha member said in Hindi, "I don’t commit any wrong, neither do I tolerate one. I am not up for sale."

(With PTI inputs)