Akhilesh assures ‘full support’ in tracing missing rape accused SP leader Gayatri Prajapati

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Lucknow, March 7: As the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has come under severe criticism for mishandling the case of rape accused minister Gayatri Prajapati--who is currently absconding--Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday told reporters in Lucknow that the state government will 'provide full support' in solving the case.

"Government will provide full support. The police will take action. It will be before you in a few days," ANI quoted Akhilesh as saying.

Akhilesh Yadav

Prajapati (49) is accused in separate cases of gangrape and an attempt to rape another woman and her minor daughter. Since the last few days, the SP leader has remained elusive. The victims had knocked at the doors of the Supreme Court, on whose directive an FIR has been registered by the UP Police against the ruling SP politician.

The case of Prajapati has become a major embarrassment for Akhilesh and his party, as opposition parties alleged the UP government of protecting the rape accused minister. Akhilesh has been facing severe attack from the Bharatiya Janata party over the Prajapati episode, especially since he is contesting as a SP candidate from Amethi and the CM had campaigned in that constituency.

On Tuesday, officials of the special task force arrested two accomplices of Prajapati in Noida. The total number of arrests in the gangrape case now stands at three.

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