A man, who offered Rs.1 million to kill Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, was arrested in Jaunpur district, the police said Sunday.
Abhilakh Patel, an office bearer of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), had delivered a speech in Pratapgarh district in April this year during which he announced a reward of Rs.1 million for anyone who kills Mayawati.
"Patel held a meeting at the Pratapgarh collectorate soon after the arrest of BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait and issued the appeal," a police official said. Jaunpur district is about 180 km from Lucknow.
Tikait was arrested April 2 from Muzaffarnagar district for allegedly making castiest remarks against Mayawati at a farmers' rally.
"Patel was arrested in the early hours of Sunday from the farm house of one Jethu Ram, who has also been booked on charges of providing protection to a criminal," said a press release from the office of the director general of police.
A joint team of Pratapgarh police and Special Operation Group arrested Patel, who had been on the run since April after a case was registered against him.