On the direction of the Fatehpur administration, Katiyar was taken into custody when he was trying to enter the neighbouring district, Kanpur SSP Shalabh Mathur told media.

"He was taken to circuit house here and will be soon sent to Lucknow," Mathur said. Soon after Katiyar was detained, BJP workers gathered at the spot and raised slogans against the police and district administration.

Alleging the Fatehpur administration of harassing members of majority community following the clashes, Katiyar asked, "Why no security arrangements were made for the annual yatra which is being taken out for the last 38 years on the occasion of Makar Sankranti".

The BJP leader said that he was going to Fatehpur to collect details of the alleged harassment but police took him into custody here on the directives of the Fatehpur administration.

Katiyar demanded an impartial probe in the matter.

Tension gripped Fatehpur on January 14 when brickbats were hurled by members of two communities during the annual 'shobha yatra' in Kazipura Kasauli locality under Kasba Jehanabad police station area.