The Muzaffarnagar police,in a joint operation with the Lucknow police,arrested BJP MLA Suresh Rana on Friday for allegedly delivering inflammatory speeches at the Jat Mahapanchayat held in Muzaffarnagar on September 7.
The police arrested Rana soon after the conclusion of the Assembly. This is the first arrest of a senior political leader since the communal violence broke out in Muzaffarngar which led to the death of 43.
IG (Law and Order) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma said Rana would be produced before a Lucknow court and will be taken to Muzaffarnagar on transit remand. He said the investigating officer had obtained Ranas arrest warrant from a Muzaffarnagar court.
Rana is sitting MLA from Thana Bhawan constituency in Shamli. He was held while on his way to Gomti Nagar after leaving the BJP headquarters.
On Wednesday,the Muzaffarnagar police had obtained non-bailable warrants against 16 people including MPs and MLAs and community leaders for reportedly inciting violence by delivering inflammatory speeches at two demonstrations organised on August 30 and September 7 in Muzaffarnagar.
The listed people include a BSP MP from Muzaffarnagar,Kadir Rana,two MLAs of BSP Noor Salim and Maulana Jameel and four BJP MLAs Sangeet Som,Bhartendu Singh,Hukum Singh and Rana.