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Tikait's elder son arrested

BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait's elder son Rakesh Tikait has been taken into custody and moved to an undisclosed location.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2008 15:23 IST

BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait's elder son Rakesh Tikait has been taken into custody and moved to an undisclosed location, party sources claimed in Muzaffarnagar on Monday, a day after large-scale clashes took place between his party's supporters and police.

Rakesh, who is also the party spokesman, had last night gone to Irrigation Guest House here after he was allegedly called there by the district authorities in the wake of the clashes that broke out in Sisoli village when police tried to arrest his father on charges of making castiest remarks against UP Chief Minister Mayawati.

The party sources claimed that he was arrested at the Guest House and taken to some undisclosed location.

However, there was no word from the police on Rakesh Tikait's arrest.

Rakesh's younger brother Surendera Tikait was arrested along with seven other BKU supporters during the clashes yesterday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bijnor, Bijendra Tyagi had yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Tikait for his alleged remarks against Mayawati at a public meeting in Bijnor on March 30.

Meanwhile, BKU supporters today took out a procession and burnt an effigy of Mayawati in Sisoli village of the district.

In view of the situation in Sisoli, the state government has sounded an alert in all the districts of Western Uttar Pradesh and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has been deployed around BKU headquarters in the village.