Police issued non-bailable warrants against UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati and six others who are accused of gangrape. Prajapati's passport has also been revoked for 4 weeks and a look out circular too has been issued.
Earlier today, Uttar Pradesh Police searched for Gayatri Prajapati and conducted raid in Kanpur.
Meanwhile, yesterday all airports and exit points across the country were put on high alert to prevent the minister from fleeing the country.
Non bailable warrant issued against Gayatri Prajapati and 6 others. Prajapati's passport revoked for 4 weeks, look out circular issued pic.twitter.com/qB7IzZWum5
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The alleged offence was first committed in October 2014 and was repeated till July 2016, but when the accused tried to molest the minor daughter of the victim, she wrote to the state DGP in October 2016, requesting the officer to take action.
Intelligence agencies have learnt that the Samajwadi Party minister, who is also contesting the Uttar Pradesh assembly election from Amethi, 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.
BJP ATTACKS SAMAJWADI PARTY OVER PRAJAPATI CASE
The Prajapati episode has given the BJP fresh ammunition to hit out at the Samajwadi Party over the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier on Friday, BJP chief Amit Shah hit out at the Samajwadi Party government for not promptly arresting Prajapati and slammed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for campaigning for Prajapati.
Akhilesh Yadav has time till March 11 to arrest Prajapati. Otherwise when we form the government, we will hunt him down and arrest him, BJP chief Amit Shah has said.