Lucknow, May 30 (UNI) In a dramatic turn of events, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati today got a controversial MP of her party arrested from near her residence.
Controversial MP Umakant Yadav was arrested today in the state capital following criminal charges lodged against him and seven others including his son Dinesh in Azamgarh district yesterday.
While Yadav was suspended, his son was expelled from BSP for anti-party activities.
Principal Secretary (Home) K Chandramauli told reporters here, Yadav was arrested while he was going to meet Chief Minister Mayawati. ''He had called up the CM seeking time for an appointment...the CM informed police and the MP was arrested,'' he said. Meanwhile, the CM's residence was barricaded to ensure that Yadav could not gain access.
The BSP MP was arrested by the Hazratganj police under section 307 of the IPC.
Ms Mayawati had ordered stern action against the MP and his son yesterday after they were charged with ''issuing life threats'' for encroaching a portion of land in Azamgarh. The Special Task Force (STF) had already kept his cell phone under surveillance since yesterday.
Mr Yadav, the BSP MP from Machhlishahr seat of Jaunpur, his son Dinesh and five others had bulldozed the house of one Feroz Ahmed in Pallia Udai village of Phoolpur area and encroached the land late on Monday night.
Later, the accused threatened the villagers by firing in the air.
A case was registered against Umakant Yadav, his son and five others and police were making efforts to arrest them. Earlier in the day, five of those involved in the incident were arrested from Jaunpur.
Addressing the media along with Principal secretary (Home), state DGP Girdhari Lal Sharma said the CM has directed police to take stern action against MPs and MLAs who take law in their own hands.
''She has asked us to be stern against such people no matter which political party they represent,'' he added.
On Saturday, Lucknow police had arrested SP MLA from Isauli in Sultanpur district Chandrabhardra Singh alias Sonu Singh for his involvement in the murder of 'Sant' Gyaneshwar near Allahabad.