The arrest has been made 72 hours after a warrant was issued against the saffron party MLA’s name. Suresh Rana was apprehended by Uttar Pradesh on Friday police on charges of making provocative speeches to cause riots.

Rana, who is a 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 on Friday evening, immediately after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die.
    
With UP government under attack over delay in arrest of MLAs accused of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar, IG (Law and Order) RK Vishwakarma had on Thursday said that 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 on Friday.
    
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 48 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.

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