Gayatri Prajapati, the absconding Samajwadi Party leader accused of rape, was arrested in Lucknow by UP Police on Wednesday. Prajapati, along with six others, was charged with allegedly gang-raping a woman and molesting her minor daughter in 2014.
DGP Javeed Ahmed confirmed the arrest. During preliminary questioning, Prajapati told the police that he had been on the run since February 27 and spent his time in West Bengal and some southern states.
According to senior superintendent of police Manzil Saini, Prajapati is likely to be produced before the POCSO Court later in the day.
In a major breakthrough, three of Prajapati's accomplices were arrested from Lucknow on Tuesday. Of them, two were Prajapati's sons and they were held for giving shelter to the accused.
Police questioned Prajapati's sons for clues regarding the whereabouts of their absconding father. They revealed information about some people who were in touch with Prajapati, which helped the investigators zero in on him.
Police were also set to move court on Wednesday to seek permission to attach his properties.
In the just-concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prajapati had lost to BJP from Amethi, the seat he held.