BJP's Former Union minister arrested in communal riot case

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Former Union minister arrested in case
Bijapur (Ktk), May 28: Former Union minister and state BJP leader Basangouda Patil Yatnal, booked in a rioting case in connection with a communal clash here on May 26, was arrested today, a top police officer said.

"We have arrested Yatnal for his alleged involvement in a communal clash which took place here a couple of days back," IGP (Northern Range) Bhaskar Rao told PTI here.

A case of rioting was registered against Yatnal and 29 others in connection with a communal incident, he said. Yatnal has been booked under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC, Rao said.

The situation, however, is under control and peaceful, Rao said. Tension had prevailed on May 26 in an area after two groups belonging to different communities clashed during victory rally organised by BJP to mark the NDA's return to power.

The rally was led by Yatnal, who was a minister in the A B Vajpayee government, he added.

PTI

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