Jodhpur, Jan 31 (Agencies): The main accused has been arrested in link with the hooch tragedy in Jodhpur and Pali, which claimed 23 lives, police said on Tuesday.

Police on Monday arrested Kalu Ram Bishnoi, the main accused in the hooch tragedy, from Khokharia village when he arrived there to meet up one of his family member Mangilal Bishnoi, who was also arrested for assisting Kalu Ram.

Kalu Ram and his seven brothers have been purportedly involved in the illegal trade since long and have about two dozen cases registered against him in different police stations.

A raid was also conducted at the residences of Kalu Ram and his brother Shiv Ram in Khejadli village on Saturday.

Raju Ram Bishnoi, brother of Kalu Ram was also arrested, from Osian village on Sunday night.

A constable and Station House Officer of Luni police station, under which the jurisdiction Khejadli village is covered, were suspended and an ASI sent to lines after it was discovered that the village was the core of illegal liquor trade.