Muzarffarnagar riots: BJP MLAs to be arrested today?

Uttar Pradesh police put on hold arrest of BJP MLAs, Sangeet Singh Som and Bhartendu Singh, against whom Muzaffarnagar Court issued warrant, until Friday when the monsoon session of Vidhan Sabha ends.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2013, 08:57 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police put on hold the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs, Sangeet Singh Som and Bhartendu Singh, against whom Muzaffarnagar Court had issued a warrant, until Friday when the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha ends.

After high drama ensued on Thursday outside the Assembly and BJP office, RK Vishwakarma, IG (Law and Order) was quoted by reports as saying that the arrest of the two MLAs was deliberately avoided for administrative reasons.

As per rules of the Vidhan Sabha, the speaker has to be informed about arrest of a sitting MLA when the House is in session.

Vishwakarma however made it clear that since non-bailable warrants had been issued against the MLAs, they would eventually be booked.

Congress on Thursday had demanded the arrest of those against whom arrest warrants were issued in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots.

BJP leader Uma Bharti subsequently warned of more tension and said SP government will be responsible for what would follow if her party MLAs are arrested.

Bharti had said, "If any MLA is arrested then all the legislators would court arrest and fight on the streets".

Som and Singh are among the 40 politicians and “khap panchayat” leaders who have been named in the FIR lodged by the police in connection with the Jat “mahapanchayat” in Muzaffarnagar on September 7.