Rana is accused of making inflammatory speeches, that allegedly triggered the communal riots in the state.
Rana is the first one to be arrested in the case, after the arrest warrants were issued against 16 political leaders three days ago.
This comes in even as senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday warned of 'more tension' in north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in case leaders from her party are arrested in connection with the riots that tore through Muzaffarnagar earlier this month.
Hinting at the BJP, Bharti had said the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led Uttar Pradesh government was targetting a particular party over the riots in the state.
Bharti had said that she had reports that some of her state legislatures might be arrested by the police for instigating the riots.
Bharti had said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had promised in the Vidhan Sabha that an inquiry would be conducted before any politicians were arrested.
Earlier, Yadav had blamed the BJP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for Muzaffarnagar riots.
After being criticised for his alleged mishandling of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, the Yadav in an interview to NDTV said, "Both BJP and BSP are responsible for tension."
The politicians, who are accused of delivering incendiary speeches at different meetings in Muzaffarnagar, include Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh of the BJP; Qadir Rana, Noor Saleem and Maulana Jameel of the BSP; and Congress leader Saeeduzaman.
Sangeet Som has been charged with circulating a fake video online that claimed to show the lynching of two Hindu Jat boys by a group of Muslims.
However, the video was actually a footage from Pakistan that was two years old.
According to media reports, the riots have triggered speculation that parties are seeking to polarise the politically pivotal state along religious lines ahead of general elections due next year.
--IBNS (Posted on 21-09-2013)