Firebrand BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar was arrested on Monday at Jajmau bridge in Kanpur when heading to riot-hit Jahanabad.
He was taken to the circuit house amid protests by BJP leaders who demanded his immediate release and said he should be allowed to visit Jahanabad, a town limping back to normalcy.
Kanpur police acted on the information of Fatehpur police, which felt his presence in Jahanabad could have repercussions and disturb the peace.
“We aren’t denying permission to the local public representatives and leaders in Jahanabad, but police won’t allow any outsider there,” SP Fatehpur Rajeev Malhotea said.
More than 30 people were injured and a woman lost an eye in a communal clash that broke out in the famous Khichdi Mela of Jahanabad town, 35km from Kanpur and in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
Police arrested 27 people allegedly involved in the violence.