Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow: A non bailable warrant has been issued against Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister Gayatri Prajapati and six others, who is the main accused in a gang rape case and is absconding for the past few days.
The Police said that a non-bailable warrants have also been issued against six other accused in connection with the same case.
The police action came just after a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused alliance partner SP and Congress of chanting Gayatri Prajpati Mantra instead of Gyatri Maha Mantra.
Police said Raids have been conducted at various places in Lucknow, Kanpur and Amethi, including a factory manufacturing incense sticks in Kanpur, to try and locate the minister.
Lookout notice has also been issued against Gayatri Prajapati to make ensure that he does not fly out of the country to escape the law.
Tight Vigil has been stepped up on the porous Indo-Nepal border, which police apprehend could be used by the minister to give them the slip.
Gayatri Prajapati is contesting the ongoing state assembly elections on the Samajwadi Party ticket.
PM Modi and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders have been attacking CM Akhilesh Yadav on Prajapati issue and alleging that the free run of the minister is an example of jungle raj in the state.
BJP’s UP state President Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday has alleged that the Chief Minister Akhilesh was giving shelter to the tainted transport minister Gayatri.
Previously at an election meeting in Jaunpur, PM Narendra Modi said, In this country, when we do something good, we chant the Gayatri Mantra. But, the SP-Congress alliance is chanting the Gayatri Prajapati Mantra.
Akhilesh Yadav had asked media persons to come with cameras to see if Prajapati was holed up in his residence, as alleged by the opposition. He had also urged the minister to surrender.
As per reports from times now, the family said that UP police allegedly threatened and intimidated the family despite knowing the details of the case. Prajapati
The minor, who is currently lodged in Delhi's AIIMs hospital recorded her first statement in the case yesterday, where she mentioned her ordeal. The police went to AIIMS hospital in the national capital to “question” the victim in the case.
Gayatri Prajapati is also accused of patronising the illegal mining mafia when he was the mining minister and a probe has been ordered by the Allahabad High Court in this matter.
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