Noose tightens around Gayatri Prajapati, 3 accomplices held

RSTV Bureau
Vikash Verma, Amrendra and Rupesh after their arrest by the police in connection with the rape case involving former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati in Lucknow on 14 March 2017.

Vikash Verma, Amrendra and Rupesh after their arrest by the police in connection with the rape case involving former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati in Lucknow on 14 March 2017.

With the change of guard in Uttar Pradesh, there is more trouble for absconding minister Gayatri Prajapati. UP Police Tuesday arrested three accomplices of the rape accused minister and questioned his two sons and nephew.

BJP had accused Akhilesh government for sheltering the tainted minister during the high decibel election campaign.

The arrests were made in Hazratganj area in central Lucknow, IG (Lucknow) A Satish Ganesh told news agencies.

With this, all the six persons named in the FIR against the 49-year-old SP leader have been picked up.

Gayatri, however, continues to evade the police dragnet.

“Both UP Police and Special Task Force of the UP police are on the job and he will be nabbed soon,” ADG (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said.

Police are interrogating his two sons and nephew to get some inputs regarding his whereabouts, Senior Superintendent of Police (Lucknow) Manzil Saini said.

She said the UP police plans to attached two properties of the minister in Lucknow and one in Amethi, his assembly constituency, to force him to surrender.

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.

 Uttar Pradesh police searching Cabinet minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati's official residence at Gautam Pali in Lucknow on 28 February 2017 in connection with gang rape case.

Uttar Pradesh police searching Cabinet minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati’s official residence at Gautam Pali in Lucknow on 28 February 2017 in connection with gang rape case.

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.