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Chandrapal, Aide of Rape Accused UP Minister Prajapati, Surrenders

Chandrapal, a close aide of rape accused SP MLA and UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati, surrendered to Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday.

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Updated:March 6, 2017, 6:16 PM IST
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Chandrapal, Aide of Rape Accused UP Minister Prajapati, Surrenders
In this file photo, Gayatri Prajapati is seen seeking blessings from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after taking oath as cabinet minister at Governor house in Lucknow. (PTI)

New Delhi: Chandrapal, a close aide of rape accused SP MLA and UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati, surrendered to Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday. Chandrapal is one of the seven accused in the rape case.

Gayatri Prajapati -- who has been missing for over a week now -- on Monday approached the Supreme Court, seeking protection from the arrest and recall of its earlier order.

Prajapati explained that he was always available to be examined by the state police.

Prajapati was last seen in public on February 27. He is accused of raping a woman and molesting her minor daughter in 2014. UP, DGP, Javeed Ahmad had said, "He will be arrested soon."

News of Prajapati planning to flee the country surfaced on Saturday, and the airport authorities and immigration department were alerted. Sources had told CNN-News18 that Prajapati was planning to escape the country and that all forces had been put on high alert. The Immigration Department has been told not to cooperate with him, a source added.

A non-bailable warrant was issued against Gayatri Prajapati and his passport was impounded on Sunday. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Sunday wrote to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, asking why rape accused Gayatri Prajapati was still part of his Cabinet.

Samajwadi Party and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have repeatedly come under fire for failing to arrest Prajapati. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at an election meeting in Jaunpur on Sunday, said, "In this country, when we do something good, we chant the Gayatri Mantra. But, the SP-Congress alliance is chanting the 'Gayatri Prajapati Mantra'."

The 49-year-old is facing imminent arrest, following an FIR lodged against him and six of his accomplices, on the apex court's order at Gautampalli police station in the state capital on February 18 under various sections of the IPC and POCSO Act.

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