Arrested BJP MLA Suresh Rana sent to 14 days judicial custody

Muzaffarnagar, Sept 21 (ANI): A local court on Saturday sent arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Suresh Rana to 14 days of judicial custody for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech that led to communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

"There was no evidence available with the public prosecutor against Suresh Rana. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. We have already introduced the bail application in the court," Rana's lawyer Dushyant Singh said.

Earlier in the day, BJP MLA Sangeet Som and BSP MLA Noor Salim Rana were also arrested by the police.

The Uttar Pradesh Government on Friday arrested Suresh Rana who is accused of inciting tension in Muzaffarnagar, which claimed the lives of atleast 40 people.

Rana, however, denied making any controversial speech, and alleged that it's a conspiracy by the Uttar Pradesh Government to target BJP leaders.

The State Government has constituted a one-member judicial commission to probe the Muzaffarnagar violence, which has claimed over 40 lives.

The commission, which would mainly look into administrative lapses, if any, in controlling the violence, would submit its report to the government within two months.

Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar on August 27, when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community. (ANI)