Noida: Two aides of rape-accused minister detained


Two men who are accused in a similar assault case in which Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Pajapati is a suspect were detained in Noida by the extraordinary team (STF) of the state police on Monday night.

Ashish Kumar Shukla (26), a Kanpur resident, and Ashok Kumar Tiwari (52), who is from Amethi, were grabbed close Jewar toll court on the Yamuna freeway while they were making a trip from Delhi to Lucknow in a white Renault Duster, the STF said.

Shukla and Tiwari are among seven, including the minister, who have been blamed for assault and criminal intimidation by a woman. While Tiwari was posted as “lekhpal” in Amethi, which is the minister’s assembly constituency, Shukla filled in as Prajapati’s assistant in Lucknow in 2014. Tiwari is thought to be the minister’s nearest assistant, as per police. The two have were to Lucknow on Tuesday for cross examination.

Prajapati has been on the run as far back as a FIR was held up against him for the situation a month ago. He had moved toward the Supreme Court on Friday, looking for a stay on his capture. The apex court, in any case, requested enlistment of a FIR against him. It likewise guided Uttar Pradesh Police to record a status give an account of the test inside two months.

Amit Pathak, senior superintendent of UP-STF, said police swung enthusiastically not long after they got a tip-off that the two denounced were going in a SUV in Noida. “Since the court has not given any help to the denounced, they were wanting to escape. The STF group led a strike close to the toll court and captured them,” he said.

The woman, who is from Chitrakoot, had made the assertion against Prajapati and six others — Vikas Verma, Tiwari, Amrendra Singh nom de plume Pintu Singh, Chanderpal, Rupeshwar assumed name Rupesh and Shukla — in 2014. A non-bailable warrant has now been issued against all blamed for the situation.