Ghaziabad police have arrested Jat leader Satpal Chaudhary for allegedly giving shelter to farmer leader Manvir Singh Tevatia.
Tevatia, who has been evading arrest, has been accused of inciting farmers to attack policemen in Bhatta village on May 7, in which four people were killed.
An FIR was registered on Tuesday against Chaudhary at Vijay Nagar police station in Ghaziabad. Tevatia is carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.
"We had information that Tevatia was taking shelter at Satpal Chaudhary's house at Chipiana. When a police team was about to reach there on Tuesday, Satpal helped Tevatia escape before that. Satpal is general secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Sangharsh Samiti," said Ambesh Tyagi, deputy superintendent of police, Noida.
Police officials said that Chaudhary was prominently active during the Jat agitation in Muradnagar, Kafurpur and was also active during violent protests on NH-24 in September 2009 at Ghaziabad.
During the agitation at Muradnagar last year, Jat leaders had disrupted water supplies from the Muradnagar canal to Delhi and had also laid a siege on railway tracks at Kafurpur railway station in Amroha district in March, which led to disruptions of railway traffic.