Absconding SP Leader Gayatri Prajapati Arrested in Rape Case

March 15 2017
Absconding SP Leader Gayatri Prajapati Arrested in Rape Case

Gayatri Parajapati, the absconding Samajwadi Party leader accused of rape, was arrested in Lucknow by UP Police on Wednesday.

In a major breakthrough, three of Prajapati's accomplices were arrested from Lucknow on Tuesday. Of them, two were Prajapati's sons andthey were held for giving shelter to the accused.

Police questioned Prajapati's sons for clues regarding the whereaboutsof their absconding father. Police were also set to move court on Wednesday to seek permission to attach his properties.

Last week, a Special Task Force had nabbed two more accomplices from Noida in connection to this case.

All the arrested associates of Prajapati have been named as co-accused in the case.

Prajapati, along with six others, was charged with allegedly gang-raping a woman and molesting her minor daughter in 2014.

The former minister had been on the run since an FIR was lodged against him in February 17 this year on a directive of the Supreme Court. Prajapati had decamped on February 27 and evaded arrest for 18 days. Police had issued a non-bailable warrant against Prajapati, and his passport had also been impounded to prevent him from fleeing the country.