Gayathri Prajapati, the absconding Samajawadi Party leader accused of rape, was arrested in Lucknow by UP Police early on Wednesday morning. Prajapati, 49, 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 attempting to rape her minor daughter. His arrest comes four days after he lost the Assembly election from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Soon after the arrest, he was taken for medical examination and later sent to 14-days judicial custody by a Lucknow court.
He had earlier approached the Supreme Court seeking protection from the arrest, saying he was always available to be examined by the state police. He was last seen in public on February 27. The ex-minister’s arrest came hours after Lucknow Police nabbed three accomplices of the SP leader to get clues about his whereabouts. Earlier, Prajapati’s two aides were arrested from Noida near Jewar on the Yamuna Expressway on March 7.
DGP Javeed Ahmed confirmed the arrest. During preliminary questioning, Prajapati told the police that he had been on the run since February 27 and spent his time in West Bengal and some southern states. After being produced before the POCSO Court, Prajapati was sent to 14-day judicial remand. In a major breakthrough, three of Prajapati’s accomplices were arrested from Lucknow on Tuesday. Of them, two were Prajapati’s sons+ and they were held for giving shelter to the accused.
Police questioned Prajapati’s sons for clues regarding the whereabouts of their absconding father. They revealed information about some people who were in touch with Prajapati, which helped the investigators zero in on him. Police were also set to move court on Wednesday to seek permission to attach his properties. All the arrested associates of Prajapati have been named as co-accused in the case. Amit sha in recent elections campaign also said he would ensure the arrest of prajapathi once he got through the elections. Finally he made his word satnd by.