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Muzaffarnagar riots: BJP MLA Suresh Rana arrested

PTI Lucknow | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 20, 2013

In the first major arrest of a politician for the Muzaffarnagar violence, BJP MLA Suresh Rana was today apprehended by Uttar Pradesh police on charges of making provocative speeches to cause riots.

Rana, who is BJP MLA from Thana Bhawan in riot-affected Shamli district, was arrested by Lucknow police while he was on his way to Gomti Nagar from the party office this evening, immediately after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die.

With UP government under attack over delay in arrest of of MLAs accused of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar, IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma had yesterday said the arrest was being “deliberately avoided” as the session of state Assembly was in progress.

“On the basis of the application moved by Muzaffarnagar police, Rana has been arrested by Lucknow police and will be produced in the court,” Vishwakarma said today.

He said that a case has been lodged against Rana under sections 188 (knowingly disobeying orders to maintain public order), 153 A (promoting enmity between groups on the basis of religion) 353 (provoking with intent to cause riots) and 435 (damage to property) of IPC and criminal law amendment act, which is non-bailable.

The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas claimed 47 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.

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Published on September 20, 2013
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