Union Abbot Narayan Rane was arrested while he was accepting lunch.
at Maharashtra's Sangameshwar over his "slap Uddhav Thackeray" comment, the BJP alleged, absolution a video.
The video showed Narayan Rane, 69, captivation a plate, cafeteria half-eaten, as his supporters approved to block the police.
A man believed to be his son Nitesh Rane was heard saying: "Sir is eating. One minute. One minute...Don't blow me."
The abbot was after taken to a badge base in Sangameshwar, about 300 km from Mumbai.
Mr Rane was arrested on non-bailable accuse including agitation over his animadversion on slapping the Maharashtra Arch Abbot for apathy the year of India's Independence.
"It is base that the Arch Abbot does not apperceive the year of independence. He leaned aback to enquire about the calculation of years of ability during his speech. Had I been there, I would accept accustomed (Uddhav Thackeray) a bound slap," Mr Rane had said during his "
Mr Rane, who abutting Prime Abbot Narendra Modi's chiffonier in July, is the aboriginal axial abbot to be arrested in 20 years.
Earlier today, Mr Rane had warned the media adjoin advertisement his "imminent arrest", declaring that he was no accustomed man.
"I haven't committed any crime. You should verify it and appearance it on TV or abroad I will book a case adjoin you (media). Despite not committing any crime, the media is assuming abstract account about my 'imminent' arrest. Do you anticipate I am a accustomed (ordinary) man?" he had said.
"The arrest is a abuse of built-in values. We will neither be afraid nor suppressed," BJP arch JP Nadda said.
Top BJP sources said the affair does not abutment what Mr Rane said on Uddhav Thackeray, but the activity was undemocratic.
"He alone talked about slapping but the Shiv Sena has consistently believed in the backroom of slaps. The Sena has consistently acclimated abandon adjoin its opponents," BJP leaders said.
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