Police in northern India arrested a great-grandson of the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, over allegations that he made inflammatory comments against Muslims.
Police fired in the air and baton-charged a crowd of at least 10,000 of Varun Gandhi’s supporters shouting pro-Hindu slogans as he was arrested in his constituency in Uttar Pradesh, a crucial state in the April-May general election.
Gandhi is a member of India’s powerful Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and an election candidate for the Hindu-nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
In a speech early this month, Gandhi allegedly threatened to cut off the hands of those who harm Hindus, and crudely compared a rival Muslim candidate to Osama bin Laden.
The 29-year-old Gandhi has said video of his speech was doctored to tarnish his image.