Rana was arrested by the Special Task Force(STF) of UP police near Ambedkar Park when he was on his way to his official residence at Gomti Nagar area. Rana is the first MLA to be arrested in the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Two other party MLAs Sangeet Singh Som and Bhartendu Singh were evading arrest. Rana was arrested under section 153 of the IPC for delivering an inflammatory speech on August 31.
Sources said police apprehended the MLA after he returned from the assembly session which ended at around 1500 hrs and took him to an undisclosed destination. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had indicated that MLAs accused of instigating the riots would be arrested. Earlier today, Rana, the MLA from Thanabhawan constitutency in Shamli district, pleaded his innocence in the assembly and challenged Government to provide evidence of his alleged hate speech during the mahapanchayat.
A Muzzafarnagar court on September 18 had issued non-bailable warrants against BSP MP Qadir Rana, BSP MLAs Jameel Ahmed and Noor Salim Rana, former Congress MP Saedduzzaman and BJP MLAs Sangeet Singh Som, Kunwar Bharatendu and Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait and eight other politicians. FIRs were registered against BJP MLAs Suresh Rana and Hukum Singh.
Hukum Singh, who is alleged to have made a hate speech in Muzaffarnagar, asserted that the act of the UP government was ‘vindictive.’ Rana’s arrest was an effort to save the skin of Samajwadi Party leaders involved in the riots, Mr Hukum Singh told UNI.