Nityanand Mahto,BJP’s media in-charge in Ramgarh, was arrested on Saturday from the district party chief’s house, the police said.
Mahto has pleaded innocence. He said he had visited the spot only to inquire into the incident after the police had reached.
He has demanded an impartial probe into the incident. On June 29, Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari was allegedly carrying “banned meat” in a Maruti van when he was beaten to death near Bajartand village.
A group of people stopped him and brutally attacked him. They also set his van on fire. Police personnel rescued him and took him to a hospital where he died during the course of treatment.
55-year-old Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali was lynched by a frenzied mob of about 100 people for allegedly carrying beef in his car. The incident happened at the Bazartand market of the district on Thursday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he disapproved killing people in the name of protecting cows.
A video of the brutal incident also went viral following which police have arrested eight of the 13 people named in the FIR. The other five have been identified and would be arrested soon, officials said.
Thursday’s lynching was the second attack in June by cow vigilantes in Jharkhand as a 200-strong mob thrashed a 55-year-old Muslim dairy owner and set his house ablaze after a cow carcass was found near his home in Giridih district on Tuesday.