Police raid UP minister Gayatri Prajapati's official residence

Around 5.15 PM, police teams comprising Circle officer, Hazratganj Awnish Mishra, Circle Officer Alambagh (IO of the case) and police teams from Alambagh, Hazratganj and Gautam Palli along with sleuths of Crime Branch reached the Gayatri's official residence in Gautampali locality. The cops, however, were highly disappointed when they did not find the accused minister at the residence. The police are simultaneously collecting evidence, as they have to submit a report to the Supreme Court by April 7.

The well-guarded minister, who has Y-grade security, apparently suspects that his own guards may reveal his location and has given them a slip while being on the run since Monday evening fearing his arrest in an alleged gang rape case. Presence of heavy police force in the area was though not surprising for many, the commuters and vendors flocked to the scene.

Sources said a police team earlier had conducted a raid in Amethi on Monday night but failed to get any success.

The minister was facing allegations of gangrape and an attempt to rape a woman and her daughter.

In a paradox of sorts, the security personnel of tainted Samajwadi Party (SP) minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati have become a "threat" for him.

The police indicated that the victim had stated during investigation that she had gone along with her 17-year-old daughter to the residence of Gayatri on 16th of July last year to seek back some of her photographs which were allegedly in his possession. Gayatri also invited me in his birth day party and the group raped me. Meanwhile, constant threat calls from Prajapati's men not to pursue the matter further became unbearable for us and we chose to leave UP to save our lives.

The move by police came after the apex court asked the Government to take action against the controversial Minister. Prajapati is considered to be a loyalist of Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Following directions issued by the Supreme Court, the police had lodged an FIR against him and six others on February 18 on charges of gangrape and attempting to molest the victim's minor daughter. His arrest was expected soon after the victim's judicial statement was recorded on Saturday. "She, however, refused to go for a medical examination", Singh added.

  • Leroy Wright