Lucknow, March 15: Rape accused Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prasad Prajapati has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police from Alam Bagh in Lucknow on Wednesday. Missing since February 27, Prajapati has been sent to 14-day judicial custody by the Lucknow court. The last time Prajapati was seen in public was 17 days back. He is accused of raping a woman and molesting her minor daughter in 2014. His arrest comes days after the landslide victory of the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017.
Meanwhile, UP ADG Daljeet Choudhary has confirmed the arrest of Gayatri Prajapati. He also said that all seven accused have been arrested and the matter will be forwarded to the court for final decision. However, his lawyer Jai Bansal had said, “All allegations against him are politically motivated,” as reported by CNN-News18.
Noteworthy, the kin of the rape survivor, while speaking to CNN-News18, demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe to be conducted while saying that they have lost all confidence on the government.
On March 14, three people have been detained in connection with a rape case involving Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati. Two of Prajapati’s sons have also been arrested for giving shelter to accused. As per recent tweets by ANI, Anurag Prajapati, Gayatri Prajapati’s son and nephew have been taken to Lucknow from Amethi for further investigation in rape case.
Earlier on March 6, a close aide of rape accused minister Gayatri Prajapati had surrendered before Lucknow Police.
After revoking his passport for a month, Uttar Pradesh police issued a lookout notice for the tainted Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati.
In an earlier development, the Supreme Court rejected the plea filed by Gayatri Prajapati requesting interim relief in the matter. The issue of a tainted leader occupying a cabinet berth has roared in the campaigning for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had accused the Samajwadi Party of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati mantra” for success in Assembly elections. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik also reportedly wrote a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking his clarification on the continuation of Gayatri Prajapati as a cabinet minister in the government.
Samajwadi Party had fielded Gayatri Prajapati to contest the Amethi seat in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017.
Family of survivor alleged threats by UP police
The family of a minor allegedly raped by Prajapati had lodged a complaint, alleging threats from the Uttar Pradesh police, Delhi Police had said. The complaint was filed at the Hauz Khas Police Station on Thursday against senior officers of UP police.
“The victim’s family has complained that UP police personnel have been threatening and intimidating them to withdraw the case,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal had told IANS.
A team of UP police had visited AIIMS, where the survivor is currently undergoing treatment, to record her statement. “We have not registered a case as of now. We are examining the allegations made by the victim’s family members,” Biswal had added.
With inputs from IANS