Surendra Singh Rajpurohit alias 'Tiger', who was wanted by MP police for months, was finally arrested in Rajasthan and brought to Harda on Saturday.
'Tiger' had allegedly engineered the communal riot in Harda last year, apart from the fact that he had almost become a law unto himself in rural parts of the district.
Rajpurohit got statewide notoriety when he publicly humiliated people by forcing them to put slippers on their heads and faces. Also, he photographed himself by putting his foot on villagers and cattle traders.
He wielded such clout that he wore uniform similar to military fatigues and forced people to prostate in front of him and also stomped on them. He openly carried arms. However, after riot in Chhipawat settlement in Harda district, he came on police radar. Many people were injured and houses, shops were set afire in the communal violence.
Even Anti-Terrorism Squad's (ATS) help was sought in tracing him. "Rajpurohit was caught in Barmer in Rajasthan on late Friday night. He was brought here on Saturday and produced in the court and later remanded on judicial custody," said a police official.
Superintendent of police (SP) Deepak Verma said that Rajpurohit was booked after the communal violence in Harda. He was booked in 11 cases. "He has been arrested," said Verma. Earlier, social activist Anurag Modi had also approached high court to give direction to local administration to reign in Rajpurohit, last year.
(Inputs from Mukesh Pandey, Harda)