Gangrape case: Prajapati missing as police raids his houses in Lucknow and Amethi

The Supreme Court had, on February 17, directed the UP Police to register a case against Prajapati on the complaint of a Chitrakoot resident who has alleged that the minister had exploited her sexually.

Gangrape case: Prajapati missing as police raids his houses in Lucknow and Amethi



Amidst the ongoing UP elections, UP cabinet minister Gayatri Prajapati has now gone underground following rape case against him.

According to the Times of India report, the police closed in on Prajapati on Tuesday when a team was dispatched to Prajapti's native town Amethi, from where he is contesting as a Samajwadi Party candidate, returned empty-handed. The minister remained unavailable at his official bungalow in Lucknow, too, when police searched the premises -identified as the scene of crime by the complainant -for evidence.


"We had sent a police team to Amethi on Tuesday morning to record his statement, only to be told that he had left for Lucknow. But he hasn't reached Lucknow and was not available when a police team visited the house," Lucknow senior superintendent of police Manzil Saini told TOI, confirming that the minister is absconding. "As of now, we have to record his statements but if he continues to evade the police, we will have to go for other options," she said, not ruling out the possibilities of investigators approaching the court for a formal warrant against him.

However, the police went ahead and recorded statements of the security guards and domestic help of the minister. Investigators also verified details of the premises as described by the complainant.

Reports quoted police sources as saying that investigators were not taking any chance with regards to collecting evidence as the probe was being monitored by the Supreme Court which has sought a detailed report of the investigations into the case by April 7. Furthermore, the police has collected the call detail record (CDR) of Prajapti's cellphone to trace his movements.

"Efforts are on to locate the police escort provided to him as minister and trace Prajapati," said a senior officer. Lucknow DIG Praveen Kumar. In her complaint, the survivor had alleged that Prajapati and his aides had gang raped her and tried to rape her 17-year-old daughter as well. The police hasn't yet recorded the statement of minor.
The minister was booked under provisions of the stringent Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POC SO) Act apart from other sections of IPC, including rape. Police said once the minor's statement was recorded, Gayatri's arrest would be imminent.


The Supreme Court had, on February 17, directed the UP Police to register a case against Prajapati on the complaint of a Chitrakoot resident who has alleged that the minister had exploited her sexually.