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Rape accused UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati arrested

Gayatri Prajapati

Lucknow: Gayatri Prajapati, the absconding Uttar Pradesh minister, Samajwadi Party leader accused of rape, was arrested in Lucknow on Wednesday morning.

He was later produced before a court and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

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.

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

The UP 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 17 days. Police had issued a non-bailable warrant against Prajapati, and his passport had also been impounded to prevent him from fleeing the country.

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