Anubrata Mondal, the head of the Trinamool Congress, was detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with a cattle smuggling case, which sparked shouts of outrage from the party and the announcement of a protest march against the detention.
After his attorneys claimed he needed at least two weeks before he could attend for questioning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team and members of the Central Reserve Police Force went to the home of the Trinamool's Birbhum district leader to make an arrest.
The CBI yesterday sent a report to its headquarters explaining how Mr Mondal sought more time to face interrogation even after not responding to summons for a 10th time in the cattle smuggling case.
When the investigators reached his house today, they surrounded the property first before moving in, sources said. The Trinamool district chief is also known to be a local strongman. All the doors of his house were locked from inside, sources said. The CBI arrested him eventually, citing non-cooperation with the probe into the cattle smuggling case.