Missing for a month, rape accused UP minister Gayatri Prajapati arrested

Lucknow: Rape-accused UP minister Gayatri Prajapati was arrested on Wednesday from the city after remaining absconding for nearly a month.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Lucknow, Manzil Saini said that Prajapati was arrested from Aashiyana area of the city early this morning.

He is likely to be produced before the POCSO Court later in the day, Saini said.

Six persons named in the FIR against the 49-year-old SP leader have already been picked up by the police.

Police had yesterday interrogated the SP leader’s two sons and nephew to get some inputs regarding his whereabouts.

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 was also issued against him as also a Non-Bailable Warrant. His passport too has been impounded.

Airports across the country had been alerted about the possibility of Prajapati trying to flee the country.

In the just-concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prajapati had lost to BJP from Amethi, the seat he held.

Reacting to the arrest of the SP leader, BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the “State police was till now politicised. As soon as it has been freed from political pressures it has started performing resulting in the arrest”.