Tikait held, given bail

April 2nd, 2008 - 6:12 pm ICT by admin  

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), April 2 (IANS) Farmer chieftain Mahendra Singh Tikait was arrested here Wednesday and given bail a few hours later, ending a two-day standoff with the Uttar Pradesh government that had moved against him for allegedly making casteist remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati. A court in Bijnor gave bail to the 73-year-old Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader against whom a warrant had been issued Monday under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Prevention Act.

He had been arrested at Muzaffarnagar town, near his village Sisauli, Wednesday.

The controversy was sparked after Tikait allegedly abused Mayawati at a rally in Bijnor Sunday.

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