Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Meghalaya unit vice-president Bernard N Marak, accused of running a brothel at his farmhouse in Tura, has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The arrest came a day after a local Meghalaya court issued a non-bailable warrant for 46-year-old Marak’s arrest.

Marak, who was earlier the chief of the militant group Achik National Volunteer Council B, was last traceable to Guwahati after which his phone was switched off on Sunday.

The operation at Marak’s property was launched following a complaint registered in February, when a minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted in the premises.

In a statement on Saturday evening, police said they detained 73 youths, including 23 women, and rescued five minors from there.

A case was registered against Marak under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.