Former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati was arrested from Lucknow in connection with a rape case. The Samajwadi Party leader was absconding since February 27. “It was an arrest. Gayatri Prajapati did not surrender. He was arrested after receiving inputs from various forces,” Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh Javeed Ahmed told India Today. Former Uttar Pradesh chief of BJP Laxmi Kant Bajpai accused Akhilesh Yadav of safeguarding Prajapati. State police yesterday had three accomplices of the SP leader and is interrogating his two sons and nephew to get clues about his whereabouts. It has been learned that yesterday’s arrests have helped police to ascertain Prajapati’s whereabouts. Gayatri, who continued to evade the police dragnet, finally nabbed.
Prajapati was heckled outside a court. He alleged that he was ‘framed’ in the case. Surrounded by an agitated crowd, Prajapati said there should be Narco test to ascertain the ‘truth’.
Yesterday’s arrests were made in Hazratganj area in central Lucknow, IG (Lucknow) A Satish Ganesh told PTI. With this, all the six persons named in the FIR against the 49-year-old SP leader have been picked up.
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Police had interrogated his two sons and nephew to get some inputs regarding his whereabouts, Senior Superintendent of Police (Lucknow) Manzil Saini said.
Earlier, Prajapati’s two aides were arrested from Noida near Jewar on the Yamuna Expressway on March 7.
The minister’s security guard Chandrapal was arrested on March 6 near Lucknow Police lines.
Prajapati was booked on a Supreme Court directive and an FIR was lodged on February 17 against the minister and six others for allegedly gang-raping a woman and alleged attempt to rape her minor daughter.
The apex court had asked the UP Police to submit an action taken report regarding the incidents in eight weeks.
A Look Out notice has already been issued against him as also a Non-Bailable Warrant. His passport too has been impounded.
Airports across the country have been alerted about the possibility of Prajapati trying to flee the country.
In the just-concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prajapati lost to BJP from Amethi, the seat he held.
(With agency inputs)