The Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday arrested the “fugitive” leader, Gayatri Prajapati, who is the prime accused in a rape case, in Lucknow.
The Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) had on Monday arrested two of the associates of Prajapati — Ashok Kumar Tiwari and Aashish Kumar Shukla — from Zebra Toll Plaza in Noida.
Tiwari and Shukla are also accused in the rape case.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya had alleged that Prajapati had become the first of its kind case in democratic India.
Prajapati, who was a Minister in the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government, continued to be a member of the Cabinet and had not been arrested so many days after the FIR was lodged on the directive of the Supreme Court (SC), he had pointed out.
A woman has alleged that Prajapati had raped her when she met him three years ago. She alleged that she was raped when she fell unconscious after taking tea laced with a sedative. Prajapati took some photos of the victim and then threatened to make them public and continued to rape her for two years.
A non-bailable warrant (NBW) had been issued against Prajapati, who was Uttar Pradesh’s Transport Minister.
Gayatri Prajapati is a senior Samajwadi Party leader close to both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav and was the party candidate from Amethi.