The police on Tuesday arrested Janata Dal (U) MLA Bima Bharti's husband from Teentanga village in Bihar's Madhepura district for alleged violation of the model code of conduct in force now for the panchayat polls.

Superintendent of Police Varun Kumar Sinha said Awdesh Mandal was arrested on charges of intimidating a Mukhiya candidate Niranjan Mehta.

The accused was campaigning for his candidate Sitaram Mandal and apparently wanted the rival candidate to withdraw from the race, he said.