Bernard N Marak

Shillong, July 26: Bernard N Marak, vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Meghalaya unit, was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after he was accused of turning his farmhouse on the outskirts of Tura town into a brothel, reported.

“Bernard N Marak alias Rimpu has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh,” West Garo Hills district’s District Superintendent of Police Vivekanand Singh said. “A team is being sent there to bring him to Tura.”

He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in Hapur district, reported. The BJP leader was absconding since the police raided his farmhouse on July 23. Six children were rescued and 73 persons were arrested following the raid.

Singh, who had earlier said that the place was being run as a brothel, on Tuesday told media that the authorities in Meghalaya had issued a lookout notice for Marak. A look-out circular is issued to make sure that an individual who is absconding or wanted by law enforcement agencies is not able to leave the country.

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The Meghalaya Police has registered a case against Marak under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1956.

A court in Tura on Monday issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against him, reported.

Marak is an elected member of the Garo Hill Autonomous District Council and has recently been in the news for criticizing the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. Marak’s party, the BJP, is an alliance partner of the Conrad Sangma-led National People’s Party in the government.