Airports across country put on alert for absconding rape-accused SP minister Gayatri Prajapati

Intelligence agencies have learnt that the Samajwadi Party minister, who is also contesting the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, plans to leave the country to avoid arrest.

Airports and exit points across the country have been put on high alert to prevent UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati, who has been booked for rape, from trying to flee the country.

Prajapati has been charged with raping a woman and attacking her daughter.

Intelligence agencies have learnt that the Samajwadi Party minister, who is also contesting the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, plans to leave the country to avoid arrest.

According to official sources, a Letter of Cancellation (LC) will soon be opened against him and all airports have been alerted to prevent the 49-year-old Prajapati from fleeing abroad.

A letter of cancellation is a technical term used for alerting immigration authorities about any possible move by a suspect to leave the country.

Whenever the passport of a suspect comes for immigration clearance at any exit point of the country, the computer screen warns the official to not let the person leave.

Earlier on Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah hit out at the Samajwadi Party government for not promptly arresting Prajapati.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also attacked the SP's election slogan 'kaam bolta hai' in the light of the rape allegation against Prajapati. Meanwhile, the Sashtra Seema Bal (SSB), guarding Uttar Pradesh's border with Nepal, has also been alerted about the possibility of Prajapati fleeing the country.

The UP Police on February 18 registered an FIR against the ruling Samajwadi Party politician, who has been at large, for allegedly gangraping a woman and molesting her daughter with his aides.

The FIR was filed following the directive of the Supreme Court after the alleged victim approached it.