UP CM will be liable if Gayatri flees the country: Keshav Maurya
Lucknow: Asking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to disclose the hideout of gangrape-accused Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, UP Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday said that the CM will be responsible if his cabinet ministers manages to escape the country.
It may be mentioned that the Gayatri, who is the Transport Minister in Akhilesh's cabinet, has been absconding since the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on February 27. Currently, he is the sitting MLA from Amethi constituency of the state.
Earlier on February 28, a police team, led by Circle Officer Amita Singh, raided Gayatri's residence to arrest him for his alleged involvement in the gangrape case, but he was not present there.
The intelligence agencies have been alerted while the airports have been put on high alert, as he is expected to try to escape the country. A lookout notice has been issued and the SSB has been alerted to keep a close watch on the Indo-Nepal border.
A case was filed against the tainted SP minister and six others, under the relevant sections of gangrape and POCSO Act after the Supreme Court order.
FIRs against all the accused had been lodged at Gautampalli Kotwali under sections 376D (gangrape), 376, 511,504, 506 and the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Those named in the FIR included: Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, Ashok Tiwari, Pintoo Singh, Vikas Verma, Chandrapal, Rupesh and Ashish Shukla.
The decision against the UP transport minister came on a plea filed by a woman of Chitrakoot district of the state, accusing Prajapati of raping her several times during past two years.
The woman had stated that the UP minister had promised to appoint her on senior post in the party. The woman had also alleged that Prajapati sexually harassed her daughter.
According to the 35-year-old victim, the FIR was not lodged by the UP police against the minister, despite her several attempts.
The Apex Court had also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a report of the entire matter within eight weeks.
The gangrape victim had on Friday alleged to have received death threats from Prajapati and his goons.